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 Wednesday, 22 January, 2003, 17:46 GMT
Cleric 'supported holy war'
Abdullah el-Faisal
Abdullah el-Faisal denies the charges
Muslim cleric Abdullah el-Faisal quoted the words of Osama Bin Laden on recordings which backed the use of chemical and nuclear weapons, the Old Bailey was told.

The 39-year-old religious leader also supported the al-Qaeda leader's call for a Jihad or holy war, the prosecution claimed.

Mr el-Faisal, from Stratford, east London, is accused of circulating tapes of his sermons which encouraged his followers to kill non-believers and taught race hate.

David Perry, for the prosecution, said they have based their case on transcripts of tape recordings of talks by the cleric which were put on sale.

'Great Satan'

One tape, Jihad, contained the words: "So you go to India and if you see a Hindu walking down the road you are allowed to kill him and take his money, is that clear?"

He says it is also permissible to use chemical weapons to kill unbelievers.

On one recording Mr el-Faisal said Jews were "rotten to the core" and he described Americans as "the Great Satan".

In a tape called Rules of Jihad, undated but thought to have been made before September 11, Mr el-Faisal is alleged to have said that Jihad had been declared by Bin Laden, and that it had been declared against India.

'Nuclear bomb'

Mr el-Faisal told his audience: "You have to learn how to shoot. You have to learn how to fly planes, drive tanks and you have to learn how to load your guns and to use missiles."

He said: "You are only allowed to use nuclear weapons in that country which is 100% unbelievers."

David Perry, prosecuting, said: "The defendant said that there would be no harm in dropping a nuclear bomb on India and he spoke of using the bodies of unbelievers to run power stations by incinerating them."

On a tape entitled Declaration of War, which had a picture of Bin Laden on the cover and is thought to have been made in 2000, Mr el-Faisal translates one of his speeches calling for a holy war against Americans and Jews to "drive them out of the Holy Land".

Denies charges

The tape called Them Versus Us says: "There are two religions in the world today - the right one and the wrong one. Islam versus the rest of the world."

He denies nine charges which are made up of five charges of soliciting a person or persons unknown to murder others under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

Mr el-Faisal also denies two charges of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour to stir up racial hatred in tape recordings.

The final two charges relate to him possessing and distributing tape recordings containing threatening, abusive or insulting words.


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