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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 April 2007, 20:38 GMT 21:38 UK
Students 'had terrorist material'
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Prosecutors claim the material was to be used to encourage martyrdom
Five students collected a large quantity of extremist material on their computers to use for terrorist goals, a court has heard.

Among the items was a film showing atrocities against Muslims around the world, which was aimed at encouraging martyrdom, the Old Bailey was told.

Prosecutors said the men also had a US military guide to terrorism and a suicide bombing manual.

The five students deny having articles for use in terrorism.

Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said the film was designed to shock and encourage young men to give up their lives for extremist Islamic causes.

Note left

The court heard that the material had been found after schoolboy Mohammed Irfan Raja, 18, ran away from his home in east London leaving a note for his parents saying he was going to be a martyr for Islam.

Mr Raja went to meet internet friends from Bradford University in February last year in order to prepare the way for training at a terror camp in Pakistan, the court was told.

He returned to his home the following morning after an emotional telephone conversation with his family, jurors heard.

Mr Raja, 18, of Ilford, east London, and students Aitzaz Zafar, 20, of Rochdale, Lancashire, Usman Ahmed Malik, 21, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, Awaab Iqbal, 20, of Bradford, and Akbar Butt, 19, of Southall, west London, deny possessing material for terrorism.

The eight charges relate to extremist Islamic material on computers and CDs, which the prosecution alleges was designed to encourage martyrdom.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday.




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