Sunday, October 04, 2015

Court shown pictures of Aberdeen student dressed as Iraqi insurgent

Yousif Badri at the High Court Glasgow.
Yousif Badri at the High Court Glasgow.
The jury at the trial of a medical student accused of terrorism offences has been shown a picture of him dressed as an Iraqi insurgent.

Jurors were also shown an image of Yousif Badri with a gun and holding up a photograph of himself.
The 29-year-old told the High Court Glasgow the weapon was a toy and it was “just a stupid joke”.

He also insisted that despite having 10 copies of the al Qaida propaganda magazine Inspire he did not sympathise with the organisation.

The jury was shown doodles made by Badri, one showing a man with a rocket launcher near him and a line drawn towards a plane, and another with two masked men holding a flag.

When asked to explain Badri said: “I have a habit of doodling . It doesn’t mean anything.”
The Aberdeen University student was giving evidence for a fifth day at his trial.

His flat in the city’s Ashgrove Road was raided by police on June 6, 2013 – the day after he sat and passed his final medical exams.

He was arrested again in July just days before he was due to graduate as a doctor.

His computer and an external hard drive were seized and hundreds of thousands of files were found, including dozens which featured Allied troops being killed by snipers and an al Qaida training manual and magazines which included articles about bomb making.

Badri was also asked yesterday about one of the files he had on his external hard drive – the 140-page al Qaida training manual.

He said: “This book is available to buy from Amazon.”

Badri is accused of being involved in conduct “with the intention of committing acts of terrorism”.
The offences are alleged to have been committed at two locations in Aberdeen – Badri’s former flat in Ashgrove Road and in Berryden Retail Park.

His current address at Halifax in West Yorkshire, also features in the charges.

Prosecutors claim that between 2007 and 2013 Badri collected or made a record of information likely to be useful to a person “committing or preparing an act of terrorism”.

The trial, before judge Lord Turnbull, continues.

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