Muslims ‘planned creation of Islamic state in Scotland’

Two Muslims supporters of “violent jihad” discussed setting up a secret Islamic state in a remote part of Scotland, a court heard today. Away from the prying eyes of the authorities, it would provide a safe haven for those who felt “oppressed”, jurors were told. It would also be run according to Sharia law and eventually be used as a base to “discreetly train” for attacks against non-believers. The only drawback Aabid Khan allegedly identified was the availability of weapons London’s Blackfriars Crown Court heard the online exchange was part of a “mass” of allegedly incriminating material found by police during a series of swoops in Bradford and London two years ago. Khan, 23, of Otley Road, Undercliffe, Bradford, West Yorkshire, was the first to be arrested and was detained by police at Manchester airport on his return from Pakistan.