NEW YORK (AP) — Opening statements are set to begin today in New York in the trial of an Egyptian imam charged with conspiring to support al-Qaida.

Federal prosecutors accuse Mustafa Kamel Mustafa (muh-STAH'-fuh kah-MEHL' muh-STAH'-fuh) of trying to open a training camp in Oregon.

Mustafa is expected to take the stand to refute government's claims he was a vital piece of the terrorism machinery before his 2004 arrest.