Three Muslims on trial for helping 7/7 bombers select their targets - "Praise for 9/11 on accused PC"
April 9, 2008
Revealed: The men 'who helped 7/7 bombers select their targets'Last updated at 13:56pm on 9th April 2008 These are the three men accused of helping the 7 July bombers to identify possible targets in London.
The three were due to stand trial today - the first prosecution in connection with the atrocity - on charges of conspiring with the four suicide bombers to cause explosions.
As a jury for their trial was sworn in today, a judge lifted an order banning publication of drawings or photographs of the accused men.
Waheed Ali, 24, Sadeer Saleem, 27, and Mohammed Shakil, 31, all deny conspiring to cause explosions.
The four suicide bombers, Mohammed Saddique Khan, Shehzad Tanweer, Jermain Lindsay and Hasib Hussain, murdered 52 innocent people when they set off bombs on the capital's transport network in 2005.
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Accused: Mohammed Shakil, Waheed Ali and Sadeer Saleem, all from Leeds
The three men due to stand trial today are all originally from the Beeston area of Leeds, although before his arrest Ali had been living in Tower Hamlets.
They were arrested in March last year after a 21-month inquiry by detectives from Scotland Yard's counter terrorism command.
Two were held at Manchester airport and a third man was seized at his home in Beeston. The arrests were the first in connection with the London bombings.
The prosecution, led by Neil Flewitt QC, is expected to begin outlining its case at Kingston Crown Court tomorrow.
All three men deny conspiring unlawfully and maliciously to cause by explosive substance an explosion likely to endanger lives or cause serious injury to persons or damage property in the UK.
One of the bombs exploded on a westbound Circle Line train travelling from Edgware Road to Paddington
An article hailing the "Nineteen Lions" behind the 11 September attacks was on the computer of a man accused of aiding the 7 July bombers, a court has heard.
Jurors were told the text, praising "the single most courageous and momentous act of Modern History", was found on Mohammed Shakil's PC.
Mr Shakil, 31, Sadeer Saleem, 27, and Waheed Ali, 24, are accused of helping the 7/7 bombers find potential targets.
All three Leeds men deny one charge each of conspiring to cause explosions.
Khan, Tanweer, Lindsay and Hussain killed 52 people in four separate suicide bombings on London's transport network on 7 July that year.
The jury at Kingston Crown Court was read the full 13-page article found on Mr Shakil's PC.
Its author, Muadh bin Abdullah Al-Madani, writes that "on a historic sunny September morning in 2001, a few men, armed with little more than their faith, brought the greatest modern military might to her knees".
The hijackers were "eager for Paradise", it adds.
Also found on the computer were video clips of weapons being fired and mujahideen fighters, the court was told.
Also discovered was an interview with al-Qaeda's second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri, on a web page which may have been visited up to 60 times.
Previously, the jury had been told that a total of 49,092 thumbnail images, including pictures of Osama Bin Laden, US President George Bush and Taleban leader Mullah Omar, were recovered from Mr Ali's computer at an address in Leeds.
Pornographic material and advertisements - such as banners from websites including "Prominent Martyrs of Iraq" and "Jihad Unspun" - were also found, the court heard.
The case continues.