The prosecution continues to open its case against three men from Birmingham accused of plotting a suicide bombing campaign in the UK.Read the full story ›
A court has heard that three men from Birmingham accused of planning terror attacks bigger than the July 7 bombings, duped people into donating them thousands of pounds.
Irfan Nasee, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali posed as collectors from Muslim Aid wearing charity T-shirts and hi-vis tabards to carry out door to door collections in Birmingham and Leicester, Woolwich Crown Court has heard.
Notes found by police suggested that they collected £12,000 pounds but just a fraction was received by the charity.
The court also heard that one of the men had registered the user names "terrorshop" and "shopterror" on an online charity website. The three men deny all the charges against them.
Concluding day one of the trial, prosecution barrister Brian Altman QC gave the jury what he described as an 'overarching view'.Read the full story ›
Continuing his outline of the case against Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, prosecutor Brian Altman QC said the alleged bomb plot had been prevented because of the early intervention of anti terrorist police.
Officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit carried out an extensive surveillance operation in Birmingham between July and September 2011. Bugs were placed in the ground floor flat in Sparkhillwhere Ashik Ali lived.
The prosecution claims the flat was used as a safe house for planning the plot, and experimenting with making bombs.Bugs were also placed in two of the defendants' cars. The Prosecution told the jury that these covert recordings will form the main basis of the case against the three men.
The three are also accused of recruiting others to join their campaign. They were described in court by the prosecution as 'jihadists' and 'extremists'.
The three defendants are also accused of 'despicably stealing money from their own community' by posing as charity workers from Muslim Aid to make bogus street collections.
The court was told they had worn high visibility vests and and used charity buckets. They collectedmore than £13,500.
The court heard £9,000 was later lost after being invested in a Forex currency scheme.
Prosecutor Brian Altman QC said Irfan Naseer and Irfan Khalid had started formulating the bomb plot after returning from two visits to Pakistan where they had learned how to make bombs and use poisons.
He told the jury that both men had made martyrdom videos in Pakistan which would have been broadcast if the had blown themselves up, to justify the "trail of destruction".
The men are accused of using Ashik Ali's flat in Birmingham as a 'safe house', to research and experiment with chemicals to make home made bombs and IEDs.
The trial has started of three men from Birmingham accused of plotting a suicide bombing campaign in the UK.Read the full story ›
The trial has started of three men from Birmingham accused of plotting a suicide bombing campaign in the UK.
31-year-old Irfan Naseer from Sparkhill, 27 year old Irfan Khalid from Sparkbrook and 27 year old Ashik Ali from Balsall Heath were arrested in Birmingham last September.
They were described in court as senior members of a "home grown terror cell".