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Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England), Oct 21, 2008
AN alleged terrorist accused of discussing a plot to blow up members of the British National Party told a court that he was ‘not into politics’.
Dabeer Hussain is accused of possessing a terrorism manual to research bomb-making techniques.
Hussain, 18, of Clarkson Street, Ravensthorpe, and Waris Ali, also 18, of nearby Dearnley Street, are alleged to have discussed a plan to spy on and blow up members of the far-Right political group.
The schoolfriends are accused of researching bomb-making techniques from internet ‘recipes’ found in a terrorism manual called the Anarchists’ Cookbook.”
Earlier Ali told a jury at Leeds Crown Court how he experimentedwith fireworks on Bonfire Night, 2006.
He said he strapped rockets together with matches and sparklers to produce an improvised device, which he lit at a local park.
Members of the jury laughed asAli explained how one device was caught in the wind and struck the door of a house, forcing him to “do a runner”.
He said he was interested in debating and politics while at school.
Yesterday Hussain told the jury he was into cars and was not interested in discussing politics with his friend.
Under cross-examination by prosecuting counsel Annabel Darlow he said: “I’m not into politics. I wouldn’t talk to him about much.
He told the jury he was interested in “cars and stuff” and let his friend talk politics.
He agreed Ali sent him a copy of the Anarchists’ Cookbook byAli, but denied reading it. “He said this is how I’m going to modify fireworks.”
Asked if he was interested in fireworks he replied: “If they were better. They never turned out to be better though.”
Asked his opinion on terrorism he replied: “The people who do it, what they stand for is wrong.”
The prosecution say Ali bought significant amounts of potassium nitrate and calcium chloride on eBay and stored the chemicals at home.
Both are innocuous in everyday use, but can be used in a bomb and are detailed in the Anarchists’ Cookbook.
The trial continues.