Scottish Muslims

The Herald June 11 2008

 Scottish Muslims

The Herald June 11 2008

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.

His “close friend” and the man he was talking to about the secret Muslim state, was Sultan Muhammad, also 23, of nearby Hanover Square, Manningham.

Jurors heard he went on the run after learning Khan had been detained, and fled to London where he was caught shortly afterwards.

Also in the dock is Ahmed Sulieman, 30, from Woolwich, south-east London, who he allegedly hoped could provide him a hiding place, and Hammaad Munshi, now 18 but then a 16-year-old schoolboy, from Saville Town, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

They variously deny 13 counts alleging possessing articles for a purpose connected with terrorism and making a record of information likely to be useful in terrorism between November 23 2005, and June 20 the following year.

Addressing the court on the third day of his opening, Simon Denison, prosecuting, said Muhammad’s departure was so hasty he left behind a bedroom full of alleged evidence.

Apart from some “dummy ammunition” for an AK47 assault rifle, there was a library of DVDs and CDs packed with jihadist propaganda “clearly” promoting “acts of extreme violence and the inciting of others to commit such acts”.

Also recovered was an SAS handbook, maps of London Underground, Jerusalem and Manhattan, a book entitled Suicide Bombings, an encryption code, photographs of a smiling Osama bin Laden, some “extremely graphic” footage of (…)

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