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7/7 trial: Alleged extremism

Three men have gone on trial at Kingston Crown Court accused of carrying out an alleged reconnaissance operation for the 7 July 2005 suicide bombers.

Waheed Ali, 24, Sadeer Saleem, 27, and Mohammed Shakil, 31, admit knowing the bombers but deny conspiring with them, saying a trip to London in December 2004, was a purely social visit.

Opening the case, prosecutor Neil Flewitt QC said the police had linked the three men closely to the bombers' ideology.


Mr Ali, previously known as Shippon Ullah and originally from east London, was living with his sister in Leeds at the time of his arrest in March 2007.

Police searched the home and found a computer which had accessed websites relating to the Taleban, Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The computer had also been used to access material relating to "prominent martyrs in Iraq, suicide bombing and jihad".

The police say they also seized a photograph of Mr Ali wearing a T-shirt bearing the logo "Warriors of Allah".

The prosecution say the case shows that Mr Ali was very close to Mohammed Siddique Khan, the lead bomber.

Police say they found Mr Ali's fingerprints on a samurai sword in a case at Siddique Khan's home.

The court heard that on 7 December 2003 Mr Ali sent a text to Siddique Khan declaring: "Gates of memories I will neva [sic] close. How much I will miss you no one knows."

Mr Ali's fingerprints were allegedly found on a poster translating as "Al-Jihad" found at the home of Aldgate bomber Shezhad Tanweer.


Police say that when they searched his Leeds home, they found a computer containing an image of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, images of fighters holding Kalashnikov assault rifles aloft, images of bodies in body bags and speech files "extolling the virtues of jihad and martyrdom".

Police say they also found a letter which illustrated his alleged view towards having children: "I want loads and have them with the intention of making them mujahids and mujahidas [people to fight jihad] because the filthy kafir [unbelievers] have got big plans against the Muslims."

The letter talks about the "option on Kashmir/Afghan" adding: "Some brothers are planning on going. But keep that to yourself.".

Police say they also recovered material from another location in which Mr Saleem had allegedly written: "I do not fear death as I am going to die, but my fear is of the surrounding fire (hell).

"When I am shaheed [martyred] as a Muslim I don't care in what way I receive my death for Allah's cause. If he wishes, he will bless the cut limbs."

Police say they also found Mr Saleem's number in the still functioning chip of Mohammed Siddique Khan's mobile, recovered from the bomb scene.


Police searched his family home following his arrest and say they found a computer that had been used to access extremist websites.

The hard drive included an article called "The nineteen lions" which praised the men responsible for the 9/11 plane attacks.

"The attacks were the single most courageous and momentous act of modern history, sending shockwaves throughout the world," read the article.

The prosecutions say they also found a typed sheet of paper at Mr Shakil's home providing guidance on how to transfer money to the Taleban. His fingerprints were found on the piece of paper, according to the prosecution.

The forensic examination of the Edgware Road bomb site found part of a mobile phone later linked to Mohammed Siddique Khan.

Experts recovered data from its chip including a number attributable to Mohammed Shakil tagged as "SHAXMOB".

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