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Man jailed over suicide bomb book

Krenar Lusha
Lusha was found with a series of terror manuals as well as petrol and chemicals

A Derby man who was found with details of how to make a suicide bomb belt has been jailed for seven years.

Krenar Lusha, 30, of Moore Street, Normanton, was convicted at Preston Crown Court of five of 10 charges of possessing terror-related manuals.

The court heard the 30-year-old Albanian Muslim was downloading Hezbollah videos relating to bombs when he was caught by police.

He was arrested following police raids at his home in August 2008.

Lusha, a failed asylum seeker who was working illegally in a factory, had denied 10 counts under Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000 of possessing articles that gave rise to a reasonable suspicion they were for a terror-related purpose.

He had admitted possessing fake identification documents, including bogus Italian and Yugoslavian driving licences.

Mobile detonators

He was convicted of possessing 71.8 litres of petrol, computer documents called Ragnar's Detonators and The Bomb Book and video films called the Hezbollah Military Instructions Manual and Mobile Detonators.

The jury heard he was in the process of downloading the Hezbollah videos when police visited his home in Derby on 26 August last year.

Prosecutor Nigel Godsmark QC told the court the Hezbollah instructional videos were in Arabic and advised how to make detonators, explosives, a missile and a suicide bomber belt.

He added Lusha had downloaded gruesome footage of live beheadings by extreme Islamic groups.

Lusha told the jury that he studied Islam and Arabic in Qatar as a youth and that it was not possible to discuss religion in Communist Albania when he was younger.

I believe he had the intention of committing an extremely serious offence
Det Ch Supt Tony Porter

He was cleared of possessing nearly 4.5lb (2kg) of potassium nitrate and documents entitled The Car Bomb Recognition Guide, Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Design, Improvised Radio Detonation Techniques and The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook.

Mr Justice Butterfield told Lusha: "To the outside world you were the cheerful, hard-working helpful man whose only interest was to build a better life for yourself and find a Muslim bride.

"But behind that facade, in my judgment, there was a much darker side to you, a side that positively revelled in violence, death and destruction.

"You accumulated material on your computer which could only have one purpose: a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism."

He imposed concurrent seven-year sentences for each of the five guilty verdicts, and warned Lusha he would be returned to Albania after his sentence.

Det Ch Supt Tony Porter, of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "While there is absolutely no indication of what he intended to do with these items, I believe he had the intention of committing an extremely serious offence - I cannot possibly speculate on when or where.

"Thankfully he has been stopped."

The verdict followed four days of deliberations by the jury, after a month-long trial.



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