16/06/2006

Court hears of terror plots [HOLD]

At the trial of seven men accused of terrorist offences in the UK, the court has heard of a plot to hijack a plane.

Jurors at the trial heard a recording produced as evidence by Mi5 that indicated that there had been a plot to hijack and crash a British Airways jet. Among possible plots discussed in the recording are mentions "brothers" prepared to commit suicide by crashing a plane and attacks on power and water supply utilities.

Prosecutors allege that Omar Khyman was speaking to co-defendant Jawad Akbar.

The seven defendants were arrested after 600kg of ammonium nitrate fertiliser was discovered in a depot in West London.

Omar Khyam, 24, Jawad Akbar, 22, Shujah Mahmood, 19, and Waheed Mahmood, 34, of Crawley, west Sussex, Salahuddin Amin, 31, of Luton, Bedfordshire, Anthony Garcia, 23, of Ilford, east London, and Nabeel Hussain, 21, of Horley, Surrey, all face charges of conspiricy to cause explosions.

Mr Kyham, Mr Hussain and Mr Garcia have denied charges under the provisions of the Terrorism Act with the possesion of ammonium nitrate.

(SP)

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