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Court shown suicide bombing video
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The footage was said to show an al-Qaeda "recruiting video"
An FBI consultant has told trial jurors how an al-Qaeda recruiting video was found on a terrorist suspect's computer.

Evan Kohlmann told the High Court in Glasgow that the aim of the video was to encourage Muslims to go to Iraq and become suicide bombers.

Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, from Clackmannanshire denies five charges against him.

Instructions of how to strip assault rifles were also shown in court.

'Martyrdom Battalion'

Giving evidence, Mr Kohlmann said the bombing video shown in court portrayed 11 suicide bombers - one of whom was smiling as he met his death, while another was laughing and singing.

He told the court that the film showed members of the Martyrdom Battalion of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Brian McConnachie QC, prosecuting, asked the FBI consultant what the purpose of the film was.

He said: "To encourage others from around the world to travel to Iraq and join the suicide battalion and become suicide bombers."

Uzi submachine gun
Instructions on how to dismantle an Uzi were shown to the jury

It was also claimed that a series of documents were found on the laptop.

One titled Suicide and Martyrdom was said to have come from the official al-Qaeda website, which Mr Kohlmann described as "remarkably explicit".

Earlier, weapons expert, Huw Griffiths, gave evidence about a link to a website, allegedly run by Mr Siddique.

They had illustrations of weapons and showed how to dismantle them.

Mr Griffiths, a senior forensics scientist with the Armed Criminality Forensic Science Service based in London, said he had photographs taken which mirrored the illustrations and had studied the text which was translated from Arabic.

I don't believe there is anything secret about the information
Huw Griffiths
Weapons expert

He told the court: "These documents would, in my opinion, assist the novice firearms user, especially if used in conjunction with the weapons themselves.

"It goes beyond what I would regard as necessary for the novice user."

However, Mr Griffiths conceded most of the information about weapons contained in the documents could be found in English in Jane's Infantry Weapons and Jane's Guns Recognition Guide and on the internet.

He added: "I don't believe there is anything secret about the information."

He also told the court that as far as he was aware none of the information about the weapons had been banned.

Terror charges

Mr Siddique was arrested at his family home in Alva in April 2006.

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, before Lord Carloway, continues.


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