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Liquid bomb plot wife Cossor Ali 'did not warn police'

Cossor Ali
Cossor Ali denies knowing about the plot to blow up planes

The wife of one of the men who plotted to blow up passenger jets using liquid bombs failed to tell police of his plans, Inner London Crown Court heard.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 28, was jailed for at least 40 years for plotting to blow up flights from the UK to America.

Cossor Ali, 28, kept his suicide terror plan secret, the court was told.

Mrs Ali, of Walthamstow, east London, denies having information which was of material assistance in preventing her husband committing an act of terrorism.

Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said Mrs Ali had known he intended to commit an act of terrorism since 2004.

Her husband had written his will in March of that year.

Mr Whittam read the jury an entry that she made in a notebook in 2005 when she was waiting for Abdulla Ahmed Ali to return from Pakistan.

Cossor Ali, arriving at the Old Bailey
Cossor Ali denies knowing about the plot to blow up planes

It said: "I am growing more and more attached to the cause for which you are striving for [sic], and the reason for which we are apart. I hope and pray Allah grants your wish and gives you the highest level of Shahada [martyrdom]."

Mr Whittam told the court: "Cossor Ali knew that her husband intended to become a martyr, which, in the context of her relationship with him, her knowledge of his beliefs and the beliefs that he had shared with her, meant that he intended to commit an act of terrorism that involved his own death."

The court heard police found notes which Abdulla Ahmed Ali had made while listening to lectures on jihad, which had his wife's fingerprints on them.

Islamic extremist books were also found in their one-bedroom flat in Walthamstow, as was Mr Ali's will.

When she was arrested in August 2006, Mrs Ali burst into tears and she denied all knowledge of the plot during her police interview.

Suicide video

She said she thought her husband had bought a powdered drink, Tang, from Pakistan because he was developing his own product.

In fact this was to be used to colour liquid explosives so they looked like soft drinks, the court was told.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali also made a suicide video for release after the transatlantic bomb plot, in which he threatened more attacks.

Mr Whittam said: "Ali states that he is fed up with living in Kufr (non-believer) law.

"There is reference to Osama Bin Laden warning the West to leave our lands or be destroyed. It is threatened that this proposed attack was the first of floods of martyrdom operations."

The case continues.

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