Airline plot suspects ‘inspired by 7/7 gang’

Two of the suspects arrested and accused of plotting to blow up transatlantic jets had in their possession, pictures of the July 7 bombers. Documents linked to the London bombings were found in the homes of two of those found trying to smuggle home made liquid bombs on aircraft, a jury was told. Documents referring to September 11th and jihad were also found in the searches. In all, eight men are on trial accused of conspiring to murder and endanger the safety of the aircraft. Evidence showing plans to attack Belgian and British pipelines were also found in searches of the suspects. The eight men are currently on trial in a Crown Court trial in London.

Aircraft attacks were imminent, UK court hears

A suicide plot to blow up as many as 18 bombs on transAtlantic aircraft simultaneously was “almost ready to be put into practice” by Muslim fanatics in Britain intent on causing carnage, a court has heard. British officials said the alleged plotters had not been about to strike when they were taken into custody. But on Thursday, Peter Wright, QC, prosecuting, told Woolwich Crown Court the men had been “almost ready” to launch their plan. “The disaster they contemplated was not long off,” he said. The eight alleged terrorists had drawn up plans of which flights they intended to target, and had bought everything they needed to make liquid-based bombs capable of bringing down passenger jets, the court heard. The alleged plot was smashed when police arrested the men after months of surveillance. One of them, Abdul Ahmed Ali, was carrying a USB memory stick alleged to have contained a “blueprint” of the plans. It was said to have included details of daily United Airlines, American Airlines and Air Canada flights from Heathrow, and research on what could be taken on board aircraft in hand luggage. Significantly, say the prosecution, the men “only seemed to be interested in one-way flights”. Gordon Rayner and Duncan Gardham report.

Accused ‘had limitless ambition’

A gang of British Islamic terrorists drew up a list of targets across the UK with “limitless” ambition, a court heard. Canary Wharf, a gas pipeline, oil refineries and nuclear power stations may have been in their sights, a jury was told. Woolwich Crown Court heard how eight men plotted to take liquid bombs disguised as drinks on board at least seven transatlantic jets. Six of them recorded chilling suicide videos attacking Western governments and warning further attacks were to come, the court was told. One accused the British of being too busy watching TV soap operas to care about anything, adding: “As you kill, you will be killed.” Two of the men were also bugged discussing whether they should take their wives and children on the suicide missions.

Terror case man denies bomb plot

An East Yorkshire man accused of making nail bombs and having bomb-making manuals has denied terrorism charges. Martyn Gilleard, 31, of Pool Court, Goole, pleaded not guilty at Leeds Crown Court to engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts. He also denies possessing articles for terrorist purposes and collecting information for terrorist purposes. Gilleard admitted having 34 cartridges of ammunition without a certificate. He will go on trial in Leeds on 16 June. Prosecutors allege Gilleard, who appeared by video link from Belmarsh prison in south east London, had researched how to make bombs on the internet and bought explosive materials and made four nail bombs. He was arrested in Dundee, Scotland, on 4 November last year.

Terror grooming camp leaders jailed

The two ringleaders of a British al-Qaeda-style terrorist recruitment and training cell, who organised terror camps in beauty spots around the UK, were jailed today. Mohammed Hamid – who once called himself “Osama bin London” – and Atilla Ahmet both groomed impressionable young Muslim men to fight jihad against non-believers. Among their followers were several of the failed suicide bombers who attacked the capital on July 21, 2005. Hamid, 50, who organised brain-washing talks at his home in east London, was jailed indefinitely with a minimum term of seven-and-a-half years. Ahmet, 44, the self-styled emir of the gang and a former senior aide of Abu Hamza, was jailed for six years and 11 months at Woolwich Crown Court. Mr Justice Pitchers, the trial judge, told Hamid that he will continue to be a danger to the public because of his ability to persuade others to commit terrorism.

Jury sees ‘terror training’ video

Footage that allegedly shows a group of men practising military-style techniques in a New Forest terror training camp has been seen by a jury. A British Army officer told Woolwich Crown Court that the drills were similar to those of al-Qaeda insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Terror suspect ‘taunted police’

By Duncan Hooper Mohammed Hamid, 50, was allegedly overheard by an undercover police officer as they drove past Paddington Green high security police station. Woolwich Crown Court was told Hamid yelled: “Here is your terrorist, I’m here, come and get me.” The court heard that Hamid was travelling back with a group of young muslim men from a “terror training camp” in the New Forest. The undercover officer, who infiltrated the group after claiming he wanted to convert to Islam, also attended the camp…

‘Osama bin London’ ran training camps across Britain, terror trial told

Two Islamic preachers recruited, groomed and corrupted young Muslims, taking them to camps across Britain where they trained with members of the failed July 21, 2005, bomb plot, a court was told. Atilla Ahmet, 42, from south-east London, the ringleader of the alleged group, admitted encouraging others to commit murder, Woolwich Crown Court was told. Mohammed Hamid, 50, his alleged co-conspirator, who allegedly told police his name was Osama bin London, is accused of overseeing a two-year radicalisation programme to prepare a London-based network of Muslim youths for jihad. Mohammed Hamid also praised the September 11 hijackers as the “magnificent 15”, the court was told. He is accused of organising British jihadi camps planned “six or seven” attacks to be carried out before the 2012 Olympics in London, a court heard today.

‘Terror camp plot’ trial begins

{Five men have gone on trial accused of their part in a plot to create terrorist training camps in the UK.} Among the five, who deny the charges, is Mohammed Hamid, accused of inciting young Muslims to commit acts of terror. Prosecutors at Woolwich Crown Court said Mr Hamid, 50, from east London, set up camps attended by 21/7 plotters. The five are said to be linked to Atilla Ahmet, 43, of south-east London, who, it was revealed, pleaded guilty to soliciting murder in a separate case…

Would-Be Citizens Face Britishness Test

AMIT ROY Foreigners who want to apply for British nationality will have to pass a Britishness test from tomorrow, the home office announced today. Out of 24 multiple choice questions, candidates will have to get three-quarters right before being eligible to apply for British nationality. The idea, which has gained momentum after the London bombings of June 7, is to create a society in which people feel proud to belong to Britain. Tony McNulty, Tony Blair’s immigration minister, said today: Becoming a British citizen is a milestone event in an individual’s life. He explained: The measures we are introducing today will help new citizens to gain a greater appreciation of the civic and political dimension of British citizenship and, in particular to understanding the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship. While urging people to become more British, the government has pursued policies which is having the opposite effect. It is allowing the setting up of faith schools, mainly Muslim, within the state system. Their supporters have argued that if Christians and Jews can have their own schools, Muslims, too, should be allowed the same right. While this argument has intellectual force, it does encourage children to grow up without developing natural friendships with pupils from other faiths. There are a couple of Hindu schools and a Sikh one is in the pipeline. But Hindus and Sikhs seem less enthusiastic about sending their children to faith schools. On the other hand, a whole generation of Indian immigrants, mainly women, has lived in Britain for more than 30 years without bothering to learn English. The same is true of Pakistanis, notably Mirpuris, in Bradford and other cities in Yorkshire and the West Midlands. As for the Britishness test, foreigners will have to pay _34 to sit the 45-minute exam, which can be taken at any one of 90 centres through the country. Those who fail can take the computer-based exam again and again. The Life in the UK test, based on a handbook, is intended to examine a candidate’s knowledge of everyday life in the country in such areas as British regional accents, the Church of England, the courts and the telephone system. Sample Questions Revealed Today Are Of The Type: _ Where are the Geordie, Cockney, and Scouse dialects spoken? What are MPs? What is the Church of England and who is its head? _ What is the Queen’s official role and what ceremonial duties does she have? Do many children live in single parent families or step-families? _ Which of these courts uses a jury system? Magistrates’ Court? Crown Court? Youth Court? County Court. _ Is the statement below true or false? Your employer can dismiss you for joining a trade union. _ Which two telephone numbers can be used to dial the emergency services? 112? 123? 555? 999? _ Which of these statements is correct? A television licence is required for each television in a home. A single television licence covers all televisions in a home. (Answers to the last four questions are: 1. Crown Court 2. False 3. 112 and 999 4. A single television licence covers all televisions in a home) Last year more than 110,000 people were awarded British citizenship, according to the home office.