A man from Stoke Newington has been accused of involvement in a plan to bomb passenger aircraft.
Mohammed Shamin Uddin, 39, denied assisting Abdulla Ahmed Ali, who has been convicted of conspiracy to murder in a plot that involved blowing up several passenger planes.
The court heard that Ali was jailed in September for a minimum of 40 years for conspiracy to murder and that the plot involved the “deployment of suicide bombs upon passenger aircraft”.
Uddin is accused of preparing for terrorism by meeting with Ali, who he called his “friend,” several times in July and August 2006. He is also accused of researching the use and purchase of hydrogen peroxide and possessing materials to be used for terrorism. He denies all charges.
Uddin told the court that he let Ali use his computer at his house, but was unaware that Ali was using it to look for hydrogen peroxide.
A CD found in Uddin’s house contained poison manuals and bomb manuals, which Uddin claims was left at his house by a friend two weeks before his arrest.
Another CD was found at Uddin’s house which held images of the Twin Towers and Osama Bin Laden. Uddin claimed he had been given the CD at an event in 2005, but did not know what it contained until later.
He said he had watched an image of a beheading found on the CD, and that it was “very gross and very bad.” He chose to view it because “it grabbed my attention”.
The court heard medical evidence that Mr Uddin was still suffering with problems with his memory from a brain injury, sustained from an assault in 2003.
Two other men are also accused of conspiracy to murder:
Nabeel Hussain, 25, of Chingford, East London, is accused of preparing for terrorism by meeting Ali, twice in July 2006. He is also accused of having various items – a will, mobile phones and a £25,000 loan application – for use in terrorism.
Adam Khatib, 22, from Walthamstow, is also accused of conspiracy to murder. He planned a trip with Ali to Pakistan but said that it was not part of a terrorism plot.
Three other men, Assad Sarwar, Tanvir Hussain and Umar Islam, have been convicted of playing key roles in the plot.
The trial continues at Woolwich Crown Court.