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Court sees footage of 7/7 bombers

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Surveillance footage shown to jury in the trial

A jury has seen previously unreleased surveillance footage of the 7 July suicide bomber Mohammed Siddique Khan.

The police footage from March 2004, 16 months before the bombings, shows Khan with fellow bomber Shehzad Tanweer, outside a London kebab shop.

One of the men in the pictures is Waheed Ali. He and two others deny helping the 7 July bombers.

Mr Ali and the bombers were on Green Street, Upton Park, with another man described in court as a terrorist.

In the 23 March 2004 footage, a group of men, including one individual known as Ausman, were recorded in East London. The jury were earlier told that Ausman was a "committed terrorist" whom Mohammed Siddique Khan had met in Pakistan.

The group of six walk directly right to left past the lens of the camera which appears to be in a hidden location.

Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil
Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil deny the charge

At the front of the group, say prosecutors, is Waheed Ali, wearing a blue baseball cap. Siddique Khan appears as a stocky figure with short hair and a beard and at one point looks in the direction of the camera.

Shehzad Tanweer, who killed seven when he blew himself up on a London Underground train near Aldgate station, is clearly seen at the back of the group wearing a Helly Hansen woolly hat. Other men associated with Ausman are in the group.

Waheed Ali, 24, Sadeer Saleem, 27, and Mohammed Shakil, 31, are accused of assisting Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermain Lindsay and Hasib Hussain, in what prosecutors say was a reconnaissance mission for the 2005 attacks.

Khan, Tanweer, Lindsay and Hussain killed 52 people in four separate suicide bombings on London's transport network on 7 July.

Bugged conversation

Paul Taylor, prosecuting, told the jury that Mohammed Siddique Khan was recorded later that evening on an audio probe in Ausman's Slough bedsit.

Mohammed Siddique Khan
Siddique Khan: Recorded in March 2004

Mr Taylor read a transcript of the recording to the jury.

In one conversation in the flat, classroom assistant Siddique Khan is transcribed as telling the other men that he counsels children at a Leeds school. The conversation covers discussions about fraudulently raising money through credit card scams and other means.

"I've placed a lot of emphasis on the scholars that we have today," he says.

"They're not doing their jobs, if they were we would not be in the situation - we sit on our backsides moaning and munching for the rest of our lives."

The transcript shows another man named Azhar replying: "If more of them had stuck by their guns they are not going to arrest every single one of the them, are they and if they did there would be uproar."

Siddique Khan continues: "There are so many strong youths out there [unclear words] raise up as speak at the scholars.

"We wouldn't be like this, there would be real buzz in the air, much more acceptable, we would not have to be running and ducking and diving from our families, from communities this and issues we face."

The trial continues.




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