“Shop worker Abdul Rahman admits urging Muslims to jihad,” from the Times Online:
A Pakistani student urged British Muslims to join jihad, or holy war, in the Middle East and Afghanistan, a court heard today as the suspect admitted to terrorism-related charges.
Abdul Rahman, 25, who admitted disseminating terrorist information as part of a
plea-bargain, was linked to a “radical cell” committed to fighting jihad with their “Muslim brothers,” Manchester Crown Court was told.
When arrested in January this year Rahman had a jiffy bag ready to send to Afghanistan containing two hunting knives and mobile phones.
Just more standard equipment for an inner spiritual struggle.
Today he pleaded guilty to possessing a letter which amounted to a “call to arms” from a friend who was fighting in Afghanistan, as well as to disseminating terrorist propaganda and aiding the breach of a control order. He faces up to six years in
Parmjit Cheema, for the prosecution, told the judge that Rahman was a “key
player” in a terrorist cell.
“This defendant was involved in scouting, recruiting and encouraging others to join their philosophy of extreme jihad, or holy war.
“Their particular interest was the perceived assault on Islam and Afghanistan and the need to provide resources and fighters for that conflict.
“They were a group or cell of young men espousing the radical extreme jihadi
philosophy that non believers are legitimate targets, especially if engaged with the true believers of Islam. In this case the Taleban and the residual insurgents.”
As opposed to moderate, mild jihadi philosophy.
The link above also has video footage of Abdul Rahman and others training. More information from “See the disturbing video that shows Muslim extremists training at al Qaeda camp in the Lake District,” from This Is London:
The film referred to one as a suicide bomber whilst two others were seen crawling, commando-style, through the snow and undergrowth near Langdale, Cumbria, praising Allah and the Chechen Mujahideen.
In Rahman’s house, police found hunting knives, two-way radios, GPS equipment
and propaganda – including a document referring to terrorist finishing schools called How Can I Train Myself for Jihad?
Yesterday Rahman admitted two offences under the 2006 Terrorism Act and pleaded guilty to a further charge of helping a terror suspect defy a control order.
The case illustrated the weaknesses of control orders, said one senior
police source outside court.
He added: ‘There is real concern these orders are not worth the paper they are written on and do nothing in real terms to protect the public.
Parmjit Cheema, prosecuting, said Rahman took a job in a mobile phone shop and mixed with radical Muslims, sharing a house with some of them.
She said Rahman played a vital role supporting jihadists in Pakistan and acting
as a “pipeline”
to the UK.
In January this year he met up with a 22-year-old man, known only as AK for
legal reasons, who had just been served with a control order.
Rahman gave him Â£480 to flee the country. Before taking a flight to Lahore via
Tehran, CCTV filmed AK at Birmingham Airport after he had ditched his usual traditional Muslim attire for Westernised clothing.