Jury hears ‘suicide recordings’

A jury has heard recordings in which one of eight men accused of an aircraft bomb plot is alleged to be showing another how to present a suicide video. Woolwich Crown Court heard the bugged conversations took place at an east London flat the prosecution claims the men used as their bomb factory in 2006. The jury heard that the man said in the recordings: “Don’t try and speak posh English… give a bit of aggression.” The British men deny conspiring to murder and endangering planes. It is claimed they planned to make hydrogen peroxide liquid bombs disguised as soft drinks to detonate in mid-air on at least seven passenger planes flying out of Heathrow Airport. The prosecution said the surveillance recordings were made when two of the defendants, Abdullah Ali, 27, and Umar Islam, 29, were inside the alleged bomb factory. A man, said to be Mr Ali, tells the other man to relax. “Don’t try and speak posh English… give a bit of aggression”, he says. There follows a long section where a man who calls himself Umar Islam is allegedly recording or rehearsing a suicide video which was found by police.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=3D246E972CB89FC4CF544125&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News

Suspect ‘vowed lesson for West’

The suspected leader of an alleged plot to blow up transatlantic planes mid-air promised to teach the West a “lesson they will never forget”, a court heard. Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27, made the vow during the 16-minute “martyrdom” video played at Woolwich Crown Court. Prosecutors say eight men planned to kill thousands by detonating home-made bombs, disguised as soft drinks, aboard flights to North America. All deny conspiring to murder and endangering planes in 2006. ‘Time has come’ Jurors were shown footage of what prosecutors said was Mr Ali wearing a black and white headscarf, against a backdrop of a black flag covered with Arabic writing. In the video, he said: “This the opportunity to punish and humiliate the kuffar [unbelievers], to teach them a lesson they will never forget.

‘Airline plotters played tennis’

Several men accused of plotting to blow up passenger planes mid-air as they crossed the Atlantic made Islamic martyrdom videos, a court has heard. Six of the eight men recorded videos justifying “revenge” attacks on non-Muslims, jurors were told. They also researched other UK targets, including London’s Canary Wharf, and contemplated taking wives and children on suicide missions, prosecutors said. All eight men deny conspiring to murder and endangering aircraft in 2006. Their arrests in August that year led to a ban on passengers carrying most liquids on board aircraft.