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'Plotter wanted passport for son'

Accused plotter Abdulla Ahmed Ali
Mr Ali's son was nine months old at the time of his arrest

A man accused of plotting bomb attacks on passenger jets wanted to obtain a passport for his baby son, a court has been told.

A signed passport application for Abdulla Ahmed Ali's son was found at his home in Walthamstow, east London, a jury at Woolwich Crown Court heard.

They also heard that a police bug allegedly recorded Mr Ali, 27, saying: "Should I take my lot on?"

Eight men deny conspiring to murder and endangering planes in August 2006.

Mr Ali and seven others are on trial accused of plotting to murder by smuggling home-made liquid bombs on aircraft.

Nine months old

The court was told that a police recording device allegedly captured Mr Ali discussing the possibility of taking wives and children on a suicide mission.

Speaking to co-defendant Umar Islam, he allegedly said: "Should I take my lot on? I know my wife wouldn't agree to it, but..."

Earlier in the case, prosecutor Peter Wright QC said such an act might be beyond contemplation for victims of the attack, but it was not for those behind it.

Mr Ali's son, Mohammed Said Ali, was nine months old when his father was arrested.

The jury also heard that several books advocating jihad and martyrdom were found in a child's cot in Mr Ali's bedroom.

Among them was The Lofty Mountain, which Mr Wright said had inspired Osama bin Laden.

Other items found by police included books about the experiences of mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan and an audio recording of a speech by MP George Galloway.

The defendants are Mr Ali, Arafat Waheed Khan, 26, of Walthamstow, east London, Assad Sarwar, 24, of High Wycombe, Bucks, Tanvir Hussain, 27, of Leyton, east London, and Waheed Zaman, 23, of Walthamstow.

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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