June 23, 2004 — Radical defense attorney Lynne Stewart unleashed danger on the world when she helped a jailed terrorist spread messages of hate from his prison cell, prosecutors charged yesterday in their opening arguments.
The feds laid out their case against Stewart, 64, an Arabic translator, Mohammed Yousry, and a Staten Island postal worker, Ahmed Abdel Sattar.
All three are charged with helping Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman communicate with his terrorist followers from his Minnesota prison cell, where he is living in virtual isolation from the rest of the world.
“Abdel-Rahman was a man the U.S. government believed was so dangerous they tried to cut him off from the outside world,” prosecutor Christopher Morvillo told Manhattan Federal Court. “His words and speeches were as dangerous as weapons.”
The former school librarian and mother of six created a “secret underground communication channel to get around the prison restrictions,” he argued.