British Muslim 'had Al Qaeda contacts book with terrorists' numbers written in invisible ink'
A British Muslim owned a contacts book for Al Qaeda terrorists with their phone numbers written in invisible ink, a court heard today.
Rangzieb Ahmed, 33, had a collection of three books featuring information of ‘considerable importance’ after going to terrorist training camps in Pakistan, it was claimed.
The books were found during a search of a comrade's house after an investigation into claims Ahmed was working on ‘important Al Qaeda business,’ a jury was told.
'Travelling on important Al Qaeda business': Rangzieb Ahmed (left) and Habib Ahmed deny terrorism charges
‘These books are very important in this case,’ said prosecutor Mr Andrew Eadis, QC.
‘They contain information in invisible ink. Who would write phone numbers on a book in invisible ink?
‘The prosecution say that these books contain information of considerable importance to a terrorist because it is information that enables terrorists to communicate by email secretly.
‘Something else of some importance is the phone numbers for terrorists, this is a contact book for a terrorist.’
Ahmed who was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester was said to be an important member of Al Qaeda and in a position to direct some of its activities.
He was said to have been engaged in an operation which included him travelling to Dubai and intending to travel onwards to South Africa, but being diverted because something went wrong to the UK.
Ahmed, 33, of Fallowfield, Manchester denies terrorism charges alongside Habib Ahmed, 38, and Mehreen Haji, 27.
‘The period between December 2005 and July 2006 and also including August 2006 is the period the prosecution are concerned with,’ Mr Eadis told Manchester Crown Court.
‘The prosecution say that during that time, Rangzieb Ahmed was travelling on important Al Qaeda business. In that exercise, he was assisted by Habib Ahmed who followed him out to Dubai to help him.
‘They were overheard by the listening device in the hotel bedroom for a few days in December 2005.
‘Habib Ahmed went to help him because he is also a member of Al Qaeda and his job at that time was to help Rangzieb Ahmed.
‘That was in December 2005. After they had met in Dubai, they both separately flew to the UK around Christmas time.
Rangzieb Ahmed stayed in the UK most of that time until the January 17, 2006 when he flew out to Pakistan.
A contact book like one of the three allegedly owned by Rangzieb Ahmed
‘During that time he was training Al Qaeda contacts and he was being assisted by Habib Ahmed.
‘He was an important Al Qaeda member at that time and he was in this country and it was important for members of the organisation including Habib Ahmed to help him and that's what happened.
‘You will hear some listening devices recorded from the car because Habib Ahmed is a taxi driver and so a lot of conversations took place in the car during that important period when Rangzieb was in the UK.’
Rangzieb is a British national, born in Rochdale. He went to Pakistan when he was quite young and has spent most of his life out of this country but he visited this country during 2005 and 2006.
‘The prosecution say he was here doing Al Qaeda business,’ said the QC.
‘After he had left Habib continued to remain in this country.
‘He continued to be a member of Al Qaeda and in April 2006 he went to a training camp in Pakistan to be trained further in the things you need to know to be an active terrorist, explosives training.
‘While he was there his wife sent two sums of money to him, around £2,000 on each occasion.
‘It is an offence to fund terrorism and if she knew as we say she did that the money she was sending was going to be used by her husband for the purpose of funding his training then she would be guilty of an offence.
‘When Rangzieb Ahmed flew from Dubai to the UK he had with him some things, but one thing he did not have was a collection of three books or diaries.
‘Those came back into the UK not by him, although he owned them, but by Habib. They were seen when Habib Ahmed's baggage was searched at Schipol airport by Dutch investigators.
‘He (Habib) brought those books into this country and kept them at his house where they were found when searched by police in August 2006.
‘Rangzieb Ahmed had made an admission that he is a member of an organisation called Harakat-ul-Mujahideen (HUM).
That is what is called a prescribed organisation in this country, which means it is a criminal offence to belong to it.
‘He admits belonging to that organisation but not belonging to Al Qaeda. Those organisations are very similar but there are differences. Both have the Islamist terrorist agenda.
‘With Habib Ahmed we have reason to suppose that the issue as far as he is concerned is that he was taking an interest in Islamist terrorism, but he says not because he was part of it or wanted to do it, but because he was assisting someone who wanted to investigate it as a journalist.
‘Mehreen admits sending the money to her husband but the issue as far as she is concerned is was her husband engaged in terrorism, was the money for that purpose and if it was did she know?’
The jury were given background information on Al Qaeda and the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The court also heard of the evidence found at the defendant's homes which included books on suicide bombing and notes made by Mehreen on suicide bombers in Islam.
Computers were allegedly seized from Mehreen and Habib's address and information on the hard drives included use of the search term 'suicide bombers in Islam.'
The court also heard of a previous conviction of Rangzieb Ahmed for crossing the border between Pakistani Kashmir and Indian Kashmir.
The trial continues.
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