Birmingham "Bomb Plotter" Trial

The latest on the trial of three men from Birmingham who are on trial accused of plotting a suicide bombing campaign in the UK.

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Alleged bomb plot surveillance photo released

Alleged bomb plot surveillance photo Credit: West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit

Police have released a surveillance image which allegedly shows three men from Birmingham posing as charity collectors, to raise funds for a bomb plot in the UK.

Irfan Naseer, 31, and Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, who are both 27, deny a total of 12 terrorism charges and are on trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Continuing his opening of the case against the men today, prosecutor Brian Altman QC said anti terrorist police had launched a surveillance operation after two of the men returned from a visit to Pakistan last July.

He told the jury that surveillance images show the three defendants with buckets labelled as Muslim Aid, carrying out street collections in and around Birmingham's Stratford Road.

The prosecution claim more than £13,000 was raised, with just £1,500 being handed over to the charity, which had no knowledge of the alleged fraudulent collections. It claims the rest of the money raised was stolen for terrorist purposes.

The trial continues.

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