Jury in Blackburn 'terror' trial see ‘pretend beheading' video

TRIAL: Percival Street on the night of the arrests

TRIAL: Percival Street on the night of the arrests

First published in Blackburn Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN ALLEGED terrorist from Blackburn took a boy by the neck and raised a large machete over his head to show how he would behead a ‘non believer’.

Manchester Crown Court was shown video footage of Abbas Iqbal at his family home in Percival Street, off Whalley Range.

He was said to have declared in the film: "This is what I am going to do to somebody, God-willing, when I find a Kuffar, this I show, I am going to take his head off.”

Abbas along with his brother Ilyas, 23, and Muhammad Ahmad, 26, of Whalley Range, are on trial accused of preparing for acts of terrorism.

The court heard police raided the Iqbal brothers' homes on August 14 last year.

This came after Abbas, 24, and another alleged extremist were found to be carrying alleged terrorism data as they attempted to board a flight to Northern Europe from Manchester airport, the jury was told.

Edward Brown, prosecuting, said officers discovered a weapons cabinet used by the brothers.

Ahmed’s fingerprints were found on air rifles, knives, five machetes, a sword, crossbows, live ammunition, camouflage paint, tape, clothing and books on weaponry , Holy War and urban combat techniques, the court heard.

Elsewhere in the house military clothing, including eight black balaclavas the trio had worn were found, along with rope, a catapult, baseball caps and video cassettes.

The prosecution said one of the video cassettes contained footage of Abbas demonstrating fighting moves in a garden and indoors pulling a large knife from his robes, making a stabbing and flashing motion and saying: "Size of that if you want to cut somebody. Then tear them open.”

Earlier the jury was shown a promotional video the prosecution said Abbas had in his possession at the airport called ‘The Blackburn Resistance’.

It was said to show Illyas, 23, and Ahmad, 26, crawling in camouflauge gear among leaves in Corporation Park and all three brandishing and firing weapons, shouting “Allah Akbar- God is great.”

The court heard Arabic music played with chants translated as: “I am the fire against the aggressor. I am the machine gun against the one who starts fighting.”

The jury was told a computer at the Percival Street home contained a profile titled ‘the butcher’, linked to Abbas a former butcher, which was also on his phone, and an old folder called ‘Abbas’.

Mr Brown said this featured video footage of IED landlines exploded near an American vehicle near to Iraq.

It also showed speakers calling for Holy War, images of Osama Bin-Laden and children holding guns and clips of three beheadings of prisoners and solders being shot in the back of the head.

Earlier the court had been told the the three men had been 'intoxicated by the evil of terrorism', and that each of the defendents had developed 'extreme Islamist beliefs' and a 'fascination with Jihad'.

All three men are accused of preparation for acts of terrorism and the brothers are charged with possession of a document likely to be useful to a terrorist.

Abbas Iqbal is charged with possessing terrorist publications with a view to distribute them and encourage terrorism.

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