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Suspect 'vowed lesson for West'

Accused plotter Abdulla Ahmed Ali
Mr Ali referred to Osama Bin Laden in the tape, the court heard

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.

Martyrdom videos of terror suspects

In the video, he said: "This the opportunity to punish and humiliate the kuffar [unbelievers], to teach them a lesson they will never forget.

I was over the moon that Allah has given me the opportunity to lead this blessed operation
Abdulla Ahmed Ali

"It is to tell them we Muslim people have pride."

In an apparent reference to Osama bin Laden, he continued: "Sheikh Osama warned you many times to leave our lands or you will be destroyed, and now the time has come for you to be destroyed."

He said the US and the UK were to blame for "slaughtering our people" in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The unbelievers have shown more concern for animals by staging foxhunting demonstrations, he said, adding that he considered no-one innocent.

"I was over the moon that Allah has given me the opportunity to lead this blessed operation," he said.

'Death and destruction'

The prosecution says six defendants made suicide videos recorded on a Sony camcorder.

They were found in the car of one of the accused, Assad Sarwar, and on a tape found in the garage of his home in High Wycombe, Bucks, the court was told.

In a separate 15-minute video shown to the court, fellow defendant Ibrahim Savant, 27, demanded that the West "cease occupation of our land" and attacked the Guantanamo Bay US detention camp as an "illegal prison".

"All Muslims take heed, remove yourself from the grasp of the kuffar before you are counted as one of them," he said.

The jury also saw a video of Tanvir Hussain, 27, in which he insisted it was his obligation to carry out jihad.

Insisting on another tape that he had not been brainwashed, Waheed Zaman, 23, said he had decided to "fight for the sake of Allah".

And in his nine-minute video, Arafat Waheed Khan, 26, warned: "We will rain upon you such death and destruction that you will never feel peace and security."

The defendants are Mr Sarwar, Mr Hussain, of Leyton, east London, and Mr Ali, Mr Zaman and Mr Kahn, all of Walthamstow, east London.

Also charged are Mohammed Gulzar, 26, of Barking, east London, Ibrahim Savant, 27, of Stoke Newington, north London, and Umar Islam, 29, of Plaistow, east London.

The trial continues.





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