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7/7 friend 'had 9/11 photographs'

Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil
Waheed Ali, Sadeer Saleem and Mohammed Shakil deny the charges

A man accused of helping the 7 July London bombers had images of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks on his computer, a court has heard.

Waheed Ali, 24, had photographs of the destroyed World Trade Center and the damaged Pentagon on his hard drive, Kingston Crown Court was told.

Mr Ali, Mohammed Shakil, 31, and Sadeer Saleem, 27, are accused of helping the 7/7 bombers find potential targets.

All three Leeds men deny one charge each of conspiring to cause explosions.

They are accused of helping Mohammad Sidique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermain Lindsay and Hasib Hussain, on what prosecutors say was a two-day reconnaissance mission for the 2005 attacks.

Khan, Tanweer, Lindsay and Hussain killed 52 people in four separate suicide bombings on London's transport network on 7 July that year.

The court previously heard that Mr Saleem and Mr Shakil visited the Natural History Museum, the London Eye and the London Aquarium and that Mr Ali and Mr Shakil telephoned the London Tourist Board and the Natural History Museum.

The jury was later told a total of 49,092 thumbnail images, including pictures of Osama Bin Laden, US President George Bush and Taleban leader Mullah Omar, were recovered from Mr Ali's computer at an address in Leeds.

Pornographic material and advertisements - such as banners from websites including "Prominent Martyrs of Iraq" and "Jihad Unspun" - were also found, the court heard.

One photograph contained separate images of New York's destroyed twin towers, an aircraft about to hit one of the buildings and the Statue of Liberty with the words "Knowledge is for acting upon", the jury was told.

Books 'not vetted'

The court also heard how Mr Ali's computer had been used to search for subjects including "jihad" and "news on the Taleban".

Prosecutors said attempts had also been made to search for Guantanamo and race hate preacher Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal - the extremist cleric jailed in 2003 for inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder.

Earlier, the court heard a statement from a Muslim from the Beeston area of Leeds who described what he knew about the four bombers and the three defendants.

Shabaz Fazal said he was involved in running the area's Iqra bookshop, which Mr Ali, Mr Saleem and Mr Shakil regularly attended.

But he said he stopped his involvement with the shop because he was not sure the books were being "vetted" to ensure they were not "extreme in their content".

Mr Fazal knew Edgware Road bomber Khan as "Sid" and also knew Mr Shakil for a number of years during which he became "more religious", he said.

He said he knew Mr Saleem and Mr Ali and told the court the group "were all friends and you would almost describe them as a brotherhood".

The case continues.

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SEE ALSO
7/7 bomber says goodbye in video
10 Apr 08 |  England
7/7 trial: Alleged extremism
10 Apr 08 |  England


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