“Police found a number of job descriptions and applications including one for a cleaning supervisor for Greater Manchester Police and another for a job as a trainee teacher at Bolton College,” along with computer contents discussing, among other things, “killing soldiers and police officers,” and “demolishing infidel universities.”
“‘Terror hoard’ on dad’s computer,” from the Manchester Evening News:
TERROR manuals and graphic images of executions were stashed on a computer by a father-of-three at his Greater Manchester home, a court was told.
The jury was told Omar Altimimi has links with convicted terrorists overseas
and was discovered with false identity cards hidden in the sole of his shoe when he was
Manchester Crown Court was told there was a “considerable amount of serious terrorist related material” on two computers found at Altimimi’s Bolton home and another address in the town used by him. The computers included bomb instructions and details of
how to run terror cells as well as video footage of terrorists and of executions in Iraq.
The 36-year-old faces a series of charges under the Terrorism Act, including possession of instructions on how to make a detonator and explosive device and instructions
on the use of chemicals and bombing strategies. He denies the charges.
Prosecuting Tim Barnes QC said: “There was a large number of files which were
concerned with a variety of terrorist activities and which also included graphic and appalling video footage of the execution of those who had been taken hostage or were considered enemies by insurgent factions in Iraq.” He added: “The terrorist content of this computer-held material becomes still more significant when we consider associations which the Crown can prove this defendant had with other terrorists convicted in Holland and France.
“He is associated through an address in Rotterdam with Arab terrorists in Europe. The Crown can also prove that he sent a money order to Thailand to a man who was subsequently convicted in his absence of terrorist offences in France.”
The court heard sections from a chart found on one of the computers talked about the organisational structure of a terror cell with information on explosives, chemicals, kidnapping and assassination, the monitoring of presidents, police, diplomats, the media and other organisations.
One section, it was alleged, referred to Jihad and the holy war against democracy and communism. It was said to talk of, killing soldiers and police officers, assassinating the head of the country, demolishing electricity stations and petrol stations, demolishing “infidel universities”, mixed schools and pubs and killing embassy diplomats.
Describing “intelligence” it talks of following the movements of the president
and military including foreign travel and where they spend their leisure time. It said the information should be passed to the operational arm for use in planning assassination.
Mr Barnes said further investigation revealed Altimimi was a failed asylum
seeker who claimed to be an Iraqi fleeing persecution. His claim failed because the authorities did not believe his story. He said Altimimi’s nationality was not known.
The court heard police found a number of job descriptions and applications including one for a cleaning supervisor for Greater Manchester Police and another for a job
as a trainee teacher at Bolton College.
The jury was told police initially began investigating Altimimi and two other men after being called in to look at a fraudulent bank transfer of $54,610 from the Yemeni Tourist Board to the Nationwide Building Society in Bolton.
Mr Barnes said the fraud investigation widened when Altimimi was searched at
Astley Bridge Police Station after his arrest and found to have the documents in his right shoe.
They included an Immigration and Nationality Directorate card issued by the Home Office in the name of Iraqi, Abdullah Mahr Abou Hawas, a Halifax debit card in the name of AHM Abdullah and a Co-op bank card in the name of Abou Hawas.
The jury was told co-accused Yusuf Abdullah, 29, also known as Nashwan Gassar, of no fixed address was charged with acquiring criminal property, namely $54,610. He
pleaded guilty to the charge under the Proceeds of Crime Act on Monday. Another defendant by the name of Bakhtiyar Berwiss wanted in connection with the bank transfers absconded while on bail.