Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Police seize £250k of suspected Islamic State funding

Police have seized £250,000 in cash from travellers suspected of trying to fly out of Manchester to fund terror group Islamic State, the MEN has learned.
The bulk of the haul was confiscated from Syria-bound passengers intercepted before boarding flights from Manchester Airport.
In some cases, travellers were caught with tens of thousands of pounds on their person, often stashed in hand luggage or under clothing.
Using civil powers under the Terrorism Act, police have been able to seize suspect cash before asking a court for the money to be forfeited.
The legislation empowers courts to confiscate cash which it deemed ‘probably’ being used for terror purposes rather than the criminal standard, ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.
And of the £250,000 intercepted around the north west in the year to April - the courts ruled the vast majority was being used to fund terrorism.
In most cases the passengers were unable to give a satisfactory explanation as to how they came by the money or what they intended to do with it.
Police say their crackdown is allowing them to choke funding to terror groups like IS even when there is insufficient evidence to press criminal charges.
The cash is believed to be heading from Turkey across the border to militia members in Syria and Iraq.
The brutal regime, now thought to number more than 30,000 fighters, has terrorised the region, abducting and killing members of religious and ethnic minorities.
Their fighters have sparked world-wide outrage for beheading soldiers and journalists.
Some 500 sympathisers from the UK are thought to have travelled out to Syria since civil war broke out, dozens of them from Greater Manchester.
Det Chief Superintendant Tony Mole, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, told the MEN: “Terrorists need money to fight. At the Turkish border with Syria there are shops where you can buy guns, boots, rations and if you are going out there to fight you need money and you want equipment.
“We take that cash away from people, not only stopping them from buying weapons and funding terror organisations which are a threat to the UK and an international threat but we also disrupt that person.”
Anyone with information about someone they suspect may be about to travel to Syria is encouraged to call the anti-terrorism hotline on 0800 789321.

TOTAL MEDIA BLACKOUT on throat-slashing murder of British disabled man in a wheelchair by another Muslim savage

The disabled man stabbed to death in Thamesmead was described as a ‘great neighbour and friend’ by one of the first people to find him.
Gary Cook, who lives in the flat above Colin Greenaway’s in Abbotts Close, said he rushed down after one of his neighbour’s carers knocked on his doors in floods of tears on Saturday.
The 56-year-old, who was confined to a wheelchair having had toes amputated due to gangrene, was found dead at 2pm, having had his throat cut.
Mr Cook said he still cannot believe what happened, adding he would often share a laugh with Mr Greenaway, and last saw him just two days before he was killed.
He said: “Colin was a neighbour and a friend and I can’t believe what’s happened.
“I’ve known him for about 10 years, he’s helped me out and I’d help him out. Because he was wheelchair-bound I’d go and get something for him at the shop if he needed anything.”
The 46-year-old is now questioning how safe the area is following the events of the weekend.
He said: “I can’t believe something like this could happen in this area, everyone’s so nice. I’ve had to go to my doctor to get some pills because I’m struggling to sleep
“When one of his carers came to my door in tears I got dressed quickly and rushed downstairs. I saw him lying on the floor and he wasn’t breathing.
“It was clear nothing else could be done for him.”
Daha Mohammed, 51, also of Abbotts Close, was charged with the murder of Mr Greenaway and was due to appear at Bexley Magistrates’ Court today.
A post-mortem examination at Greenwich Mortuary gave the cause of death as incised wounds to the throat.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Service on 0208 721 4205, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Christian school 'downgraded for failing to invite an imam to lead assembly'

A successful Christian school has been warned it is to be downgraded by inspectors and could even face closure after failing to invite a leader from another religion, such as an imam, to lead assemblies, it is claimed.
The small independent school in the Home Counties was told it is in breach of new rules intended to promote “British values” such as individual liberty and tolerance in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal, involving infiltration by hard-line Muslim groups in Birmingham.
Details of the case are disclosed in a letter to the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, from the Christian Institute, which is providing legal support to the school.
The group warned that the new rules intended to combat extremism are already having “disturbing consequences” for religious schools and forcing Ofsted inspectors to act in a way which undermines their ethos.
It follows complaints from orthodox Jewish schools about recent inspections in which girls from strict traditional backgrounds were allegedly asked whether they were being taught enough about lesbianism, whether they had boyfriends and if they knew where babies came from.

In the latest case inspectors are understood to have warned the head that the school, which was previously rated as “good” that it would be downgraded to "adequate" for failing to meet standards requiring it to “actively promote” harmony between different faiths because it had failed to bring in representatives from other religions.
They warned that unless the school could demonstrate how it was going to meet the new requirements there would be a further full inspection which could ultimately lead to it being closed.
A Government consultation paper published in June, explaining  the new rules, makes clear that even taking children on trips to different places of worship would not be enough to be judged compliant.
The Institute, which is already planning a legal challenge to the consultation, arguing that it was rushed through during the school holidays, fears that the new guidelines could be used to clamp down on the teaching of anything deemed politically incorrect on issues such as marriage.
“Worryingly, evidence is already emerging of how the new regulations are requiring Ofsted inspection teams to behave in ways which do not respect the religious ethos of faith schools,” Simon Calvert, deputy director of the Christian Institute, told Mrs Morgan.
“The new requirements are infringing the rights of children, parents, teachers and schools to hold and practise their religious beliefs.”
Listing recent cases involving criticism of Anglican, Roman Catholic and Jewish schools by Ofsted, he added: “The Christian Institute is currently working with an independent Christian School which has been marked down by Ofsted for not promoting other faiths.
“Astonishingly it was told it should invite representatives of other faith groups to lead assemblies and lessons, such as an Imam.
“The wording of the regulations inevitably results in these kind of outcomes.
“While we obviously support attempts to address the problem of radicalisation, the current regulations fail to do this.”
A spokeswoman for Ofsted said: “Under Ofsted’s revised guidance for the inspection of schools, inspectors now pay greater attention to ensuring that schools provide a broad and balanced education for their pupils, so that young people are well prepared for the next stage in their education, or for employment and for life in modern Britain.
“Inspectors will consider the effectiveness of the school’s provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and how the school’s leadership and management ensure that the curriculum actively promotes British values.
“This includes, among other factors, pupils’ acceptance and engagement of different faiths and beliefs, and their understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield.”

Cruel burglar stuffed three kittens in the OVEN during raid on home

Omar Hussain, 20, smashed a window to get into the property while the pregnant homeowner was out

Jailed: Hussain was sentenced to two years in prison for the burglary
A cruel burglar stuffed three kittens in an oven while ransacking their owner’s home.
Omar Hussain had befriended his pregnant victim, visiting her home before breaking-in while she was at the doctor’s.
And the 20-year-old even tried to cover his tracks by offering distraught Marian Ahmed a shoulder to cry on, the Birmingham Mail reports.
When his fingerprints were discovered at the scene, he lied they were left when he popped round to show support after the raid.
At Birmingham Crown Court, Hussain was jailed for two-and-a-half years after being found guilty of the burglary, last November.
Mr Recorder Kelly told the warehouse worker: "This is a gross breach of trust and friendship."
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Sick: Hussain befriended his pregnant victim before the raid, Birmingham Crown Court heard
The court heard Hussain stashed the kittens in the oven after smashing a window at the address in Handsworth, Birmingham. He then ransacked the property.
It is not clear if the kittens were harmed by the incident.
Hussain, from Birmingham, had not only planned the raid, but also his own defence, returning to the crime-scene in the guise of a concerned friend.
Prosecuting, Kate Plummer said: "There was an untidy search and high value items were taken.
"Her three kittens were put in the oven. He knew the victim, it was pre-planned.
"He knew she would be out at the time and even went back afterwards to help and give himself a defence in court."
Trevor Meegan, defending, said Hussain is still a young man, trying to improve himself.
He added: "He is Somalian and been here for 10 years and has had jobs as a warehouse worker.
"He lives with his parents and has taken a college course at Birmingham College.
"He doesn’t accept his guilt but accepts the conviction against him."
Mr Recorder Kelly added: "You became friends with Miss Ahmed and were a regular visitor to her home.
"This was a terrible thing to do to someone who showed you nothing but friendship and hospitality.
"It looks at the moment as if you are embarking on a life where you are in and out of courts and prison.
"I urge you to reflect on what you are going to do with your life while you are in prison."

Terrified mums alert police claiming supermarket snatch gang trailed youngsters while families shopped

    POLICE have been alerted to an abduction ring operating in Glasgow after two mums came forward about similar terrifying ordeals in Tesco and Asda.
Tom Ross
The mum was stalked by two men at Asda Linwood this week
TWO terrified mums say they were targeted by a child abduction gang as they took their kids shopping.
Police are investigating claims a woman was stalked by two men in an Asda branch in Linwood, Renfrewshire, on Tuesday.
The pair are said to have ran off after being challenged by security staff before being driven away in a van with foreign number plates.
After details of the incident emerged on social media, another mum contacted the Sunday Mail and revealed she had been targeted in a similar incident in February.
She said she was followed by two men, who she described as “middle Eastern appearance” as she shopped with her three-year-old daughter at the Tesco store in Springburn, Glasgow.
The woman said: “I noticed these two men following me and staring at my daughter. I was so alarmed I placed her between myself and the shopping trolley.
“I kept seeing them round the store. I couldn’t get away from them.
“They were staring at my daughter with no focus on me. I was 100 per cent convinced they were going to try to take her.
“My husband was in another part of the store and I was frantically texting him, telling him to come and find me.
“The two guys separated and as I walked into the tea and coffee aisle, I saw one come from behind me while the other walked towards me.
Tom RossMum says two men followed her and her daughter around Tesco store in Springburn
Mum says two men followed her and her daughter around Tesco store in Springburn
“At that point my husband appeared and the two of them walked away.
“My husband is usually quite sceptical but he was convinced it was sinister.
“I told police the next day and they took a statement but I have heard nothing since.”
The second incident happened on Tuesday afternoon as a 27-year-old mum was shopping with her newborn baby and three-year-old son at Asda in Linwood.
As they moved around the store, she realised they were being followed by two men.
She alerted security and the men ran out of the shop and jumped into a van with blacked-out windows which had another man sitting in the back.
The terrified woman had to contact family members to take her home as she was too shaken to drive.
She later said: “It was a very frightening experience. I am waiting on the police to get back to me.”
Police Scotland confirmed they were investigating the woman’s complaint but could not find any record of a crime report for the Springburn incident.
A spokesman said: “We received a complaint following an incident at the Phoenix Retail Centre, Linwood, on October 14 and inquiries are ongoing.”
Investigators are studying CCTV from the supermarket and surrounding area in a bid to trace the gang.

Police warning as sinister strangers target kids

MENGreater Manchester Police
 Police have warned parents to be on alert after reports of men acting suspiciously towards children.

The warning came after three incidents were reported to Greater Manchester Police on Friday, including a man approaching youngsters in the Abbey Hey area just before 4pm.
An hour later, two men in a car told an 11-year-old girl who was out jogging that they had been sent to take her home. And at 7.10pm, a man was spotted taking pictures of young girls in Clayton Memorial Park.
Detective Inspector Mark Hudson said: “Thankfully, no attempt has been made to grab or physically harm any of the children.
"But these incidents act as a reminder that children should not talk to strangers and I would encourage parents to talk to their kids about this and to stress that if they are approached in this manner, to walk away and tell an adult.”

6 Muslims Jailed For EDL Attack Plot - 10 June 2013

Six Islamic extremists who plotted a bloody attack on an English Defence League rally have been given lengthy jail terms.

The men travelled to the rally in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, in June last year armed with an arsenal of weapons after being inspired by "freely available extremist material," a judge has said.

Among the arsenal carried by the men were two shotguns, swords, knives, a nail bomb and a partially-assembled pipe bomb.

The men have been jailed for periods ranging from 18 years and nine months to 19-and-a-half years.

In sentencing the men, Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC said: "How was it that you became involved in a crime of this gravity?

"At least part of the answer to that question must come in the tide of apparently freely available extremist material in which most of you had immersed yourselves."

EDL leader Tommy Robinson and his deputy Kevin Carroll called out "God save the Queen" from the public gallery as the sentences were passed.

Sobs could be heard from other observers, and shouts of "Allahu Akbar".

The judge said the extremist material was "not difficult either to obtain or share".

He said: "In this case, it can only have served to reinforce the defendants' resolve to behave in the hideous way that was planned".

Jewel Uddin, 27, Omar Mohammed Khan, 31, Mohammed Hasseen, 24, Anzal Hussain, 25, Mohammed Saud, 23, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22, who are all from the West Midlands, admitted planning the attack at a hearing on April 30.

Khan, Uddin and Ahmed were jailed for 19-and-a-half years with an extended licence period of five years, and the other three were given jail terms of 18 years and nine months and an extended licence period of five years.

All the men will serve at least two-thirds of the jail terms before they can be considered for parole.

All of the men except Hasseen travelled to Dewsbury where an EDL rally was taking place on June 30 last year, ready to cause mass injuries and deaths.

The gang's plan only failed because the event finished earlier than expected - they arrived at around 4pm but it ended shortly after 2pm.

The judge said that had the attack succeeded it could have sparked "a spiral of tit-for-tat violence".

Two of the men, Khan and Uddin, were stopped by chance as they travelled back to Birmingham from Dewsbury.

A police officer pulled their Renault Laguna over because it looked old and the car was flagged up as uninsured because the gang had entered the registration number incorrectly on an online form. One of the digits was wrong.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

'I'd go tomorrow': Islamic extremist Anjem Choudary wants to leave UK and move to war torn Middle East

Departure: Anjem Choudary says he'd like to leave Britain and live under Sharia Law in Syria or Iraq
Notorious Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary claims he wants to leave Britain for good – and move to the Islamic State, writes Patrick Hill in the Sunday People.
Benefits dad Choudary, who revealed his kids are being privately educated, claims he’d jump at the chance to go and live under Sharia Law in Syria or Iraq.
“I’d go tomorrow. I’d love to bring my children up there,” he told us – just days before last night’s successful pounding by US-led coalition aircraft of the flashpoint Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria.
But the British citizen, who promises the move would be permanent, would first have to give up the State aid he gets towards his brood’s upkeep.
REUTERSAnjem Choudary
Outspoken: Anjem Choudary protesting outside the High Court in London in 2012
He is on bail after being arrested with eight others last month on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and being a ­member of a proscribed organisation, or supporting a proscribed organisation.
The trained lawyer, whose passport was seized, has always denied inciting or glorifying acts of terrorism. We spoke to him at his terraced home in East London, one of 19 raided by cops.
And in a series of deluded claims he explained why he would leave Britain and move to Islamic State.
The bearded mullah told us: “Everybody gets about $500 a month free of charge, no questions asked. Iraq and Syria can afford it as they have oil.
"You’re given free food, clothing and shelter. You get a free house and electricity, gas and water. You also get income support.”
ReutersAnjem Choudary
Notorious: Choudary spoke at a protest supporting Sharia Law in north London
Choudary, who was brought up in Britain to Pakistani parents, added: “I mean you don’t even get housing free of charge here.
 It’s a much better society there. Alcohol, gambling, pornography and drugs, are completely eradicated.”
Choudary, who condemned US ­airstrikes against Isis before his arrest, went on: “A huge number of people from Britain want to go over there.”
Asked by our investigators if HE feels British, he replied: “What is Britishness? Eating fish and chips? Standing in a queue? Singing God save the Queen?
“If that is Britishness then no, I’m not British. I have no affiliation to the ­monarchy or the laws of this land.
“If you’re born in a barn it doesn’t make you a horse. A British passport is just a common document. It’s like a bus ticket to me.
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Probe: Choudary was arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism
“I don’t affiliate with things like ­democracy and freedom. My set of values and principles arise from Islam.”
Married Choudary, meanwhile, said he was unsure if he would be allowed to leave even if his passport is returned.
It comes as Isis fighters in heavily-contested Kobani were hit by a fierce barrage of coalition shells.
Kurdish troops were said to be in ­effective control, with one commander claiming: “On every street are the ­corpses of Isis fighters. Isis is finished.”

Emergency inspections at more private Islamic schools in London over fears of new 'Trojan horse' plot

  • Inspectors have visited six more schools amid concerns of Islamic influence 
  • These include private Islamic schools and a Church of England state school 
  • Al-Mizan primary and the London East Academy had a snap visit 
  • Government source said fears were raised about curriculums in schools  
Emergency inspections have been carried out at more private Islamic schools and a flagship Church of England state school in London amid fears of a new 'Trojan horse' plot.

At least six schools examined after concerns about Islamic influences in curriculums were raised by the Department for Education, according to government sources.

They include Al-Mizan primary and the London East Academy, private schools for Muslim boys run by the East London Mosque Trust.

Inspectors have visited Al-Mizan primary school in Tower Hamlets, London, amid fears of a 'Trojan-horse' plot
Inspectors have visited Al-Mizan primary school in Tower Hamlets, London, amid fears of a 'Trojan-horse' plot

The schools teach their pupils, who are predominantly from families of Bangladeshi origin, to memorise the Koran and charge fees of £3,000 a year.

Both were rated as providing a 'good' quality of education and teaching during their last inspections in 2011 and 'outstanding' for students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Ofsted teams also paid snap inspections to Jamiatual Ummah secondary and Sir John Cass and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School, a voluntary aided state school overseen by Tower Hamlets education authority.

Two other schools inspected have not been named.

Tower Hamlets said the inspection has not found any 'Trojan Horse-type issues' relating to the conduct of staff or governors at Sir John Cass and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School
Tower Hamlets said the inspection has not found any 'Trojan Horse-type issues' relating to the conduct of staff or governors at Sir John Cass and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School

Tower Hamlets said the inspection has not found any 'Trojan Horse-type issues relating to the conduct of staff or governors at Sir John Cass.

A council spokesman said it was 'one of the best performing schools in the country, however, all schools can improve, and we look forward to supporting the school in implementing the recommendations of the Ofsted report when it is published'.

He added: 'Local education authorities have no powers whatsoever over the educational conduct and performance of private schools. 

This remains the responsibility of Ofsted and other agencies.

'Councils do have a safeguarding duty for all children within their boundaries, but this does not include the right to inspect and enter the premises of private educational establishments.'

A government source told The Sunday Times: 'There were specific concerns about the curriculum being taught in some of the schools. Since these schools were being investigated, it was decided to look at six schools in the area.'  

Ofsted inspectors gave a clean bill of health to safeguarding arrangements for pupils at Marner Primary, a Tower Hamlets state school, after a visit in September.

At the time, Tower Hamlets council strongly denied claims by a Whitehall source that the borough was 'expected to be the next Birmingham' with a 'Trojan Horse' problem of Islamic influence in schools. 

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Ofsted chief, has made it clear that more inspections will be undertaken more frequently in the light of the scandal.

It involved claims that several schools in Birmingham had been infiltrated by governors and teachers with a hard-line Islamic agenda. 


Sir Michael Wilshaw said the plot was 'planned and orchestrated' attempt to control school boards
Sir Michael Wilshaw said the plot was 'planned and orchestrated' attempt to control school boards

The Trojan Horse plot first came to light earlier this year, when a letter emerged outlining an alleged a plot by Muslim hardliners to drive moderate headteachers out of schools.
The letter prompted Department for Education inspectors to go into Park View School in Birmingham along with its sister schools, Golden Hillock and Nansen. 
Whistleblowers at Park View claimed the school was in the hands of a group of extremists who had infiltrated its governing body.
It is alleged girls at the school were forced to sit at the back of the classroom and non-Muslim pupils forced to teach themselves at the state school.
The letter prompted separate ongoing investigations by both the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted in to the school and several others in the area.
Following inspections, Sir Michael Wilshaw told MPs in July that there had been a 'planned and orchestrated' plot to radicalise pupils in schools in the city.
He told the Education Select Committee said: 'I spoke to eight or nine head teachers. They believed it was planned and orchestrated.
'They believed people got together and decided which schools to target. They believed there was a strategy to infiltrate governing bodies.
'They believed governing boards couldn't take place in the normal way. They believed all that was planned and orchestrated. This was all in Birmingham.'
When asked by MPs if pupils had been radicalised in the schools, Sir Michael replied: 'We didn't see that. The issue of extremism was outside of our remit.'
The Ofsted chief inspector told MPs: 'What we did see was the promotion of a culture, which if that promotion had continued would have exposed these children to extremism.' 

World's most prolific terrorist paymaster is finally banned from doing business in Britain

  • Qatari national Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi has been added to a list of suspects targeted with financial sanctions in the UK
  • Accused of providing money and support to al Qaida for over a decade 
  • At one time was transferring over £1.25 million per month
  • Treasury will now freeze any UK-based assets and prevent banks from dealing with him
Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi has been added to a list of suspects targeted with financial sanctions and banned from doing business in Britain
Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi has been added to a list of suspects targeted with financial sanctions and banned from doing business in Britain
An alleged terrorist financier has been added to a list of suspects targeted with financial sanctions in the UK.

Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi, a Qatari national, has been banned from doing business in Britain, the Government confirmed.
The move comes 10 months after the US authorities imposed sanctions on him, saying al-Nuaymi was a 'terrorist financier and facilitator who has provided money and material support and conveyed communications to al Qaida and its affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen for more than a decade'.

The US Treasury said he was 'considered among the most prominent Qatar-based supporters of Iraqi Sunni extremists' and 'reportedly oversaw the transfer of over 2 million US dollars (£1.25 million) per month to al -Qaida in Iraq for a period of time'.

In the UK, the Foreign Office is responsible for designating individuals for the sanctions list and the Treasury implements the regime.

Al-Nuaymi's name was added to the list of those subject to financial sanctions last week.

The move by the Treasury will freeze any assets he has in the UK and prevent any banks with British offices from dealing with him.

A Government spokesman said: 'The Government supports the use of sanctions to address specific issues of threats to the UK'. 

Bradford 'terror trip' accused brothers get suspended jail terms

Two brothers accused of plotting to travel abroad for terrorist training have been given suspended jail terms for other terror-related offences.
Muhammed Saeed Ahmed, 21, and Muhammed Naeem Ahmed, 20, denied going on "training trips" in Wales to prepare for stays in Yemen and Afghanistan.
Both were acquitted at the Old Bailey.
But the judge sentenced Saeed Ahmed to 22 months and Naeem Ahmed to 15 months, both suspended for two years, for other offences they had pleaded guilty to.
The pair from Bradford, West Yorkshire, stood trial at the Old Bailey last November.
Both pleaded guilty to 11 offences under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act of possessing a record of information likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
Saeed Ahmed had also pleaded guilty to a further seven fraud offences.
'Family holiday'
Jurors were told they were "radicalised" by their brother-in-law Muhammed Shafaraz Ahmed, who pleaded guilty last year to an offence of preparing for acts of terrorism.
The Old Bailey was told the brothers were seen in Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons on "training trips".
When police searched their bedrooms in 2012, they found a GPS device, night vision goggles, high quality LED torches and sleeping bags for use in very cold conditions, the court had heard.
Other items included high grade military clothing and a copy of an SAS survival handbook, the prosecution said.
But the Ahmeds' father told the court his sons were merely preparing to go on a family holiday.
They denied a charge of conspiring together and with others to attend a place used for terrorist training.
After deliberating for seven days, a jury could not agree on a verdict and judge Gerald Gordon ruled out a retrial.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Was Blair terror target?

  • Erol Incedal, 26, who is of Turkish origin, was stopped in London last year
  • He 'was found to have a memory card with document called 'Bomb Making''
  • He 'also had address of Blairs' property on piece of paper in glasses case'
  • Incedal, a Londoner, appeared at the Old Bailey accused of terror offences
  • Prosecutor says it was possibly a plot for a terror attack on individuals
  • Or, court hears, it may have been in preparation for 'Mumbai-style attack' 
  • Jurors told Incedal had the black ISIS flag as his iPhone's wallpaper
  • Also heard coded messages 'about Kalashnikovs' were found on computer 
  • He denies charges in a trial to be held largely in secret for security reasons 
The address of a property belonging to Cherie and Tony Blair was found on a terror suspect, the Old Bailey heard
The address of a property belonging to Cherie and Tony Blair was found on a terror suspect, the Old Bailey heard
A terror suspect was caught carrying bombmaking instructions and Tony Blair’s address, a court was told yesterday.

Erol Incedal, 26, was arrested at gunpoint after a bug that police planted in his car recorded his rants against the West. Officers allegedly then found a micro memory card hidden in his iPhone case with a step-by-step guide on making an improvised explosive device.

The mobile, which had the black flag of jihadist group Islamic State as its home screen, had been used to visit extremist sites and monitor the war in Syria.

An Old Bailey jury was told the handwritten address of Mr Blair and his wife Cherie was found in Incedal’s Versace glasses case. Opening the prosecution’s case yesterday, Richard Whittam said the law student was plotting a terrorist outrage.

He said the target was unknown and may have been ‘against a limited number of individuals, an individual of significance or a more wide ranging and indiscriminate attack’.

 The QC suggested the plan might have been to copy the carnage in 2008 in Mumbai when more than 150 people were killed by marauding gunmen.

The Old Bailey trial is being held in conditions of extreme secrecy with the vast majority of the evidence to be heard behind closed doors.

The case would not have been reported at all had the media not persuaded a High Court judge that complete secrecy was an affront to centuries of open justice.

Incedal and Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, 26, were arrested in a dramatic police swoop as they travelled through east London in a black 2010-plate Mercedes last October 13.

The court heard that counter terrorist police discovered identical memory cards wrapped in masking tape and concealed in the cases of their iPhones.

Forensic experts discovered they were loaded with three files with innocent titles but which allegedly contained detailed bombmaking instructions.

The material included a ‘car bomb recognition guide’, details of a ‘gas bomb’, information to help make detonators and a photograph of an exploding jet.

One of the documents began with the advice: ‘The first rule of bomb-making is your first mistake will be your last.’

The court heard that almost a fortnight earlier police had covertly photographed the contents of the Mercedes and installed a bug after stopping Incedal for a traffic offence.

 Mr Whittam said the device recorded him referring to a ‘plan B’ because he feared the authorities were on to him.

Londoner Erol Incedal, 26, centre, who is of Turkish origin, is accused of terror charges but denies them
Londoner Erol Incedal, 26, centre, who is of Turkish origin, is accused of terror charges but denies them
Watched: Incedal on a quad bike
Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, 26, who pleaded guilty to possessing bombmaking instructions last week
Watched: Incedal on a quad bike  and Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar, 26 who pleaded guilty last week

The court was told he said: ‘We might have to destroy everything and do something else, plan B.’

Speaking to his wife, with whom he has three young children, he added: ‘These pigs, I just feel like running them over.’

When she asked why he was calling the police ‘pigs’, he replied: ‘They are pigs, they are known as pigs. Everyone, even the kuffar [non-Muslims] call them pigs.’

In another conversation, he said: ‘They made a big mistake there. There was some very important stuff in the car … if they found it … effed.’ Police discovered Incedal had access to a property other than his family home and found a laptop there, the court heard.

It contained evidence of email and Skype conversations with an unknown figure overseas who used a woman’s username.

Incedal was handcuffed and did not reply when told he was a suspected terrorist, the prosecutor said
Incedal was handcuffed and did not reply when told he was a suspected terrorist, the prosecutor said

Mr Whittam said some of the ‘cautious’ deleted exchanges were recovered and contained coded references to a terrorist attack.

In one, Incedal referred to ‘straps’, which the court was told is slang for guns. The other man replied: ‘These straps are not the little ones. They are like the ones we have here.’

He then used a code word which police believe meant ‘Kalashnikov’. In a further exchange a code word for ‘Mumbai-style’ was also used, the jury was told.

On his laptop, counter terrorism police found a prayer to mujahedeen fighters and those who create improvised explosive devices.

Incedal, formerly known as AB and a British citizen of Turkish origin, is accused of preparing acts of terrorism and possessing bombmaking instructions. He denies all the charges.

Rarmoul-Bouhadjar pleaded guilty to possessing bombmaking instructions last week and is not on trial. The trial is expected to last up to six weeks.

Incedal, pictured in court, had the black ISIS flag as his iPhone's wallpaper, jurors at the Old Bailey heard
Incedal, pictured in court, had the black ISIS flag as his iPhone's wallpaper, jurors at the Old Bailey heard


Dozens of terror trials have been staged at the Old Bailey but few have involved the level of secrecy seen yesterday.
The opening remarks by the prosecution were heard in public but the vast majority of the trial until the jury returns its verdict will be held behind closed doors.
The evidence will be heard in three ways, in public; with a small group of journalists who cannot report what they hear; and entirely in secret.
The unusual arrangements are the result of a compromise struck after a successful High Court challenge by the media.
Several organisations, including this newspaper, objected to plans by the trial judge to hold the trial entirely in secret for reasons of national security.
A panel of senior judges ruled that total secrecy would go against the principle of openness at the heart of the British criminal justice system. As a result, ten accredited journalists are allowed to witness some of the closed proceedings – but will not be able to report what they heard.
They must also hand over their phones before every session, leave their notes in a locked safe and not discuss the case with outsiders. The journalists have been warned that breaching the order could lead to prosecution for contempt of court.