A terror suspect facing extradition to the US tried to buy large amounts of chemicals and made shipments to Pakistan, a court heard today.
Babar Ahmad, 30, of Fountain Road, Tooting, south London is accused by the US of raising money to support terrorism in Chechnya and Afghanistan via websites and emails.
It is also claimed he possessed plans for a US navy battle group in the Gulf, including comments on how the ships were vulnerable to terrorist attack.
After hearings to decide whether to extradite Ahmad to the US for trial Bow Street magistrates court heard that from mid-1997 to early 1998 Ahmad sought to purchase up to 5,000 tons of sulphur phosphate.
A search of his parents” home in Tooting revealed letters showing Ahmad had attempted to buy large amounts of chemicals on behalf of a third party. It was claimed there was also evidence that Ahmad had made a “miscellaneous” shipment to Pakistan.
James Lewis QC, acting on behalf of the US Government, told the court that Ahmad ran a website named after Osama bin Laden’s deceased spiritual adviser, www.azzam.com, which aimed to raise funds for terrorism and encouraged terrorist acts.
Mr Lewis said the website suggested that it was a religious obligation for all Muslims who could not fight to donate money to aid Jihad.
He said the website stated: “Jihad is a profitable investment that provides valuable dividends.
“Muslims must use every means at their disposable for Jihad.”
Maybe someone can explain to us how sulphur can aid Muslims in this interior spiritual struggle that everyone knows is jihad. Ibrahim Hooper? Loren Lybarger? Anyone? Anyone?