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Sister 'incited suicide bomber'
Parveen Sharif
Parveen Sharif allegedly told her brother to be strong
A British woman encouraged her brother to take part in a suicide bombing mission against Israel in which he lost his life, the Old Bailey has heard.

In April 2003, a week before the attack on a bar which killed three, Parveen Sharif allegedly sent Omar Sharif, 27, an e-mail urging him to be strong.

Ms Sharif, 37, denies inciting her brother to commit a terrorist act.

She and another brother, Zahid, 38, both of Derby, also deny withholding information about terrorism.

'Martyrs'

Omar Sharif was one of two bombers who hoped to secure a place in paradise for themselves and their families through martyrdom, it is alleged.

The two men had left their respective homes in London and Derby and flown to the Middle East from London on April 10, the court heard.

A bomb exploded by Sharif's alleged accomplice, Asif Hanif, 21, of Hounslow, west London at a seafront bar in Tel Aviv, on 29 April also injured at least 50 people.

She was seeking to strengthen his resolve, to reassure him and she was offering him her support
Jonathan Laidlaw
Prosecution

Omar Sharif fled after his bomb failed to go off and he was later found drowned in the sea off Tel Aviv.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw described the bombing as a terrorist attack organised and sponsored by the military wing of the Palestinian religious organisation Hamas.

When Parveen Sharif, a teacher, sent the alleged e-mail, she was "encouraging her brother to go through with the bombing", he told the court.

In it, she allegedly wrote: "We all have to be firm and focused with reality as time is slipping away and there is really no time to be weak and emotional.

"When we see you again it will be like only half a day has passed. Stay focused and determined. You have no time for emotions.

"May Allah take care of us all and join us all soon."

Mr Laidlaw told the court: "In the days before the attack, when even the most committed militant and radical of young men may suffer some doubt as to the course upon which they had embarked, she was seeking to strengthen his resolve, to reassure him and she was offering him her support."

The case continues.


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