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Air plot suspect admits notes lie

Accused plotter Abdulla Ahmed Ali
Abdulla Ahmed Ali insists he did not want to harm anyone

A suspect in an alleged terrorist plot to blow up passenger planes admitted lying to police about his diary notes.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27, told Woolwich Crown Court he lied when claiming not to recall the meaning of such notes as: "Five days before all link up".

When asked to describe his explanation to police of not remembering note meanings, Mr Ali said: "It is a lie."

Mr Ali, of Walthamstow, London, is one of eight men who deny a plot to blow up transatlantic passenger planes in 2006.

Prosecutors claim the defendants planned to make hydrogen peroxide bombs disguised as soft drinks to detonate in mid-air on at least seven transatlantic passenger planes flying out of Heathrow airport.

'Quite shocked'

Mr Ali referred to his phrases as "just garbage" upon being questioned by officers outside Walthamstow town hall on 9 August 2006.

Among the notes discovered were the phrases: "five days before all link up", "calculate exact drops of Tang", "decide on which battery to use for D" and "dirty mag to distract".

The diary was discovered along with a computer memory stick which contained detailed flight lists, which Mr Ali referred to as "holiday destinations in America".

During cross-examination by prosecutor Peter Wright QC, Mr Ali was asked to remember the moment of his arrest.

The defendant said: "As far as I am aware, I don't remember telling any lies."

But, when asked to describe his explanation to police of not recalling the meaning of his various lists, Mr Ali said: "It is a lie."

The barrister also questioned the defendant on why he had not mentioned he had been making a propaganda video, as he has claimed, and that the entire plan was a hoax.

I am here now and explaining everything now
Abdulla Ahmed Ali

Mr Ali replied that he was "shaken up and quite shocked".

Mr Wright replied by saying: "You could have told the truth and chose not to."

Mr Ali maintained that he had remained silent when dealing with further police questioning on legal advice.

"I am here now and explaining everything now," he added.

Earlier, Mr Ali said he and Assad Sarwar initially planned to explode a device at the Houses of Parliament as a publicity stunt against current foreign policy.

He said their focus later turned to Heathrow Airport's Terminal Three, although he stressed that they did not intend to kill or hurt anyone.

Mr Ali's co-defendants are: Assad Sarwar, 25, of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Tanvir Hussain, 27, of Leyton, east London, Waheed Zaman, 24, and Arafat Waheed Khan, 27, both of Walthamstow, east London.

Also charged are Mohammed Gulzar, 26, of Barking, east London, Ibrahim Savant, 27, of Stoke Newington, north London, and Umar Islam, 30, of Plaistow, east London.

All eight deny two joint charges of conspiring to murder and to endanger aircraft.

The trial has been adjourned until Monday.

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