Not quite Travis Bickle. Habib Ahmed reminds me of a cab driver I myself once encountered.
“Alleged terrorists wanted ‘violent jihad,'” by Nicola Dowling for the Manchester Evening News, September 25 (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
A MANCHESTER taxi driver was a secret member of al-Qaida who had a terrorists’ “contacts book” with phone numbers written in invisible ink, a court was told.
Habib Ahmed, 28, of Cheetham Hill, attended a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and was funded in his activities by his wife Mehreen Haji, it was claimed.
A jury at Manchester Crown Court was told Habib Ahmed was called on to help conduct terrorist business in the UK and abroad by Rangzieb Ahmed, a 33-year-old Rochdale-born man who was an “important member” of al-Qaida.
It was claimed that the terrorists’ contacts book belonged to Rangzieb Ahmed and that he gave it to Habib Ahmed.
The book was found when police secretly searched Habib’s luggage as he flew back to Britain from Dubai.
The two men, who are not related, deny they were members of al-Qaida and have gone on trial along with Habib Ahmed’s wife in a case which is expected to last up to three months.
Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said the investigation had involved the use of listening devices in a hotel room in Dubai and inside two cars in Manchester.
The jury was shown a series of documents including a flyer found at Habib Ahmed and Mehreen Haji’s North Manchester home showing a picture of a sub machine gun under the heading “Jihad in Manchester?” – advertising an event with speakers at Longsight library.
Mr Edis said Habib Ahmed and Mehreen Haji had been interested in the idea of violent Jihad and had been married by Muslim cleric Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad who was the leader of the now defunct organisation al-Mujaharoun….