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Court shown extremist video film
Police officers in Alva
Mr Siddique was arrested in Alva in April last year
Jurors in the trial of a student who is accused of threatening to become a suicide bomber have been shown video footage allegedly seized from his home.

Clips from the film of a man with a rifle who was wearing a balaclava were shown at the High Court in Glasgow.

The footage was screened on day four of the trial and showed the man warning: "As you kill us, you will be bombed."

Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, from Alva in Clackmannanshire, denies five offences under the Terrorism Act 2001.

The unidentified man is also seen shouting to the camera: "The Muslim world is not your backyard. The honourable sons of Islam say it is time for us to be equals."

The court was told the video was stored on a computer taken from Mr Siddique's home during a raid in April last year.

Unannounced trip

Mr Siddique's father, also Mohammed, said his son bought a computer in the days leading up to the police raid.

Prosecuting QC, Brian McConnachie, asked Mr Siddique senior if he knew of any relative who had an interest in the material.

The 47-year-old replied via an interpreter: "I don' think so, no."

The shopkeeper also explained to the court how he had become concerned for his son when the 21-year-old had gone on an unannounced trip to England with a religious group from Glasgow's Central Mosque.

Mr Siddique said that his son had been away from home for about six days when his concern prompted him to visit the mosque in an attempt to find him.

High Court in Glasgow
Mr Siddique is on trial at the High Court in Glasgow

Despite his efforts, he told the court that he left the mosque still unsure about his son's whereabouts.

Almost a week later his son returned home. Mr Siddique said it was "just normal" that his son had gone away without telling his father where he was going.

Earlier in the day, the court heard testimony from the accused's cousin who said she was sent e-mails about martyrdom and jihad.

Shazia Rehman, 29, a biomedical scientist said Mr Siddique sent her six e-mails.

Ms Rehman said she had never read the e-mails but admitted printing them out.

Mr McConnachie read out parts of the e-mails to the jury.

Massacre of Muslims

In one it stated that "the one who blows up the enemies of Allah by blowing himself up as well cannot be considered a suicide and he is, Allah willing, a martyr".

Other e-mails sent to Ms Rehman mentioned the Taliban and Jihad, the massacre of Muslims in Bosnia and the position of women under the Taliban.

But during cross examination by defence QC Donald Findlay, Ms Rehman was asked: "If I suggest the reason Mohammed Atif Siddique sent the e-mails to you on these subjects was that he had respect for you because you were clever and he just wanted to know what you thought about it, is that possible?"

Ms Rehman replied: "It is."

When re-examined by Mr McConnachie and asked if Mr Siddique had asked for her opinions about the e-mails, she replied: "I don't think we ever discussed the e-mails."

Mr Siddique was arrested in a police operation in Alva on 13 April, 2006, and faces five charges under the Terrorism Act 2000.


He has been accused of possessing suspicious terrorism-related items including CDs and videos of weapons use, guerrilla tactics and bomb-making.

He has also been accused of collecting terrorist-related information, setting up websites showing how to make and use weapons and explosives, and circulating inflammatory terrorist publications.

A further charge of breach of the peace relates to claims that he showed students at Glasgow Metropolitan College images of suicide bombers and terrorist beheadings.

This charge also includes the allegation that he threatened to become a suicide bomber, and claimed to be a member of al-Qaeda.

The trial continues.

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