Hege Storhaug, HRS
Som rights.no nylig meldte, skal de arresterte mennene i Birmingham i alderen 25 – 32 år hatt som mål å drepe flest mulig i selvmordsangrep. Selve målene for angrepene skal ikke ha vært bestemt, men politiet mener at angrepene var nært forestående. I går ble de arresterte fremstilt for varetektsfengsling. De skal også ha prøvd å rekruttere andre til å begå terror, lært dem å lage bomber, og de skal ha samlet inn penger til terrorvirksomheten. At de arresterte skal ha ment alvor med terrorplanene, bevitnes av en martyrfilm som er produsert.
A group of British-born men who allegedly planned to commit ‘mass murder’ with suicide bombing missions against their own country appeared in court yesterday.
The men, who prosecutors claimed had formed a terror cell, are accused of training in explosives, weapons and poisoning techniques during trips to Pakistan.
Some of the group are accused of raising money for terrorism during collections on British streets.
The six defendants, who are all from Birmingham and aged from 25 to 32, were arrested a week ago by the West Midlands police counter-terrorism unit.
The men, each wearing black jumpers and jogging bottoms, spoke only to confirm their names, ages and addresses at the hearing in West London Magistrates’ Court, Hammersmith.
Deborah Walsh, prosecuting, said: ‘The terrorist ideology behind these offences is to commit mass murder in the UK.
Two of the group – Ifran Nasser, 30, and Ifran Khalid, 26 – have been charged with a string of offences dating from Christmas Day last year to September 19.
They are accused of planning a suicide-bombing campaign, making a martyrdom film, recruiting others for terrorist acts, collecting money for terrorism, travelling to Pakistan to learn how to make bombs, weapons and poisons, and advising others on explosives and how to build a home-made bomb.
Ashik Ali, 26, is accused of planning a suicide bombing, constructing a home-made bomb, recruiting others for terrorist training, collecting money for terrorism and stating his intention to be a suicide bomber.
His brother, university graduate Bahader Ali, 28, and Mohammed Rizwan, 32, are accused of failing to disclose information which could prevent terror attacks.
Rahin Ahmed, 25, is accused of helping to fund terrorism acts and assisting others to travel to Pakistan for training in terrorism.
All were remanded in custody. Ashik Ali, Ahmed, Khalid and Nasser will appear at the Old Bailey on October 21.
Bahader Ali and Mohammed Rizwan will appear before City of Westminster magistrates on October 24.