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Police took Hamza 'terror manual'
Abu Hamza
Mr Abu Hamza is accused of having a terrorist 'manual'
An alleged "terror manual" was among 181 items confiscated from the home of cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, the Old Bailey has heard.

The Encyclopaedia of Afghani Jihad suggests a list of potential targets, the prosecution said. The cleric said it was a gift he had not read.

The police were looking for diaries, address books, passports and maps.

The 47-year-old, from west London, denies 15 charges, including soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred.

Prosecution case

Detective Sgt Keith Asman led the search on the cleric's premises in Shepherds Bush, west London last May.

He said the officers had also been searching for immigration papers, literature and books relating to politics, religion, devices, poisonous chemicals, notepads and personal correspondence.

The cleric said he kept the alleged terrorist manual as a historical document, despite not reading it.

The officer's evidence came at the end of the prosecution's case.

Mr Abu Hamza's defence case is due to start later.

'Racial hatred'

The cleric faces nine charges under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 which allege that he solicited others at public meetings to murder Jews and other non-Muslims.

He faces four other charges under the Public Order Act 1986 of "using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with the intention of stirring up racial hatred".

A further charge claims the defendant was in possession of video and audio recordings, which he intended to distribute to stir up racial hatred.

The final charge, under section 58 of the Terrorism Act, accuses him of the Encyclopaedia of the Afghani Jihad, which, it is claimed, contained information "of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".




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