Thursday, May 31, 2007

The wife of an Islamic religious leader actively encouraged him to become a terrorist

Daily Mail:

Bouchra El-Hor, 24, even told him she hoped their baby son would follow him into "martyrdom", the Old Bailey was told.

She and her husband, 28-year-old Yassin Nassari, were arrested after they flew into the UK allegedly carrying blueprints for missiles and bombs to be used against the West.

The instructions included how to built the long-range Al Qassam rockets used by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. There was also a chilling library of extreme Islamic documents, jurors heard.

Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee said: "It is the prosecution's case that they are not merely radicalised Muslims but that Nassari was going to engage in what he and others like him would call a 'jihad', but what the law describes as terrorism.

"He possessed both the ideology and the technology with which that could be achieved, either by him or other like-minded people.

"His wife was not only aware of his intention, but positively encouraged it - despite that fact that his actions would almost certainly result in his death and in their son being without a father.

"These are mindsets which are beyond ordinary understanding and which possess a chilling resilience."

British-born Nassari and his Dutch wife, who have a home in Ealing, West London, were stopped after they arrived at Luton airport on an easyJet flight from Amsterdam in May last year.

A hard drive belonging to Nassari was seized and police found it contained detailed instructions to build the rockets and explosives.

Video footage of beheadings, suicide bombs and executions was also found on the hard drive, along with articles entitled "Virtues of martyrdom in the path of Allah," and "Islamic Ruling on the Permissibility of Self-Sacrificial Operation - Suicide or Martyrdom?"

Nassari had material on fitness training, martial arts and hand to hand combat, said Mr Jafferjee.

The prosecutor added: "He was clearly going either to create or to enter a conflict zone. The technology was in place, the ideology was in place."

The court heard that Nassari was born in London in 1979 and lived in Ealing. In 2001 he enrolled on a cognitive science course at the University of Westminster.

But he disappeared between 2002 and 2003 and, although previously described as "friendly, thoughtful and wearing western clothes", returned to the university a changed man.

Mr Jafferjee said: "He was now sporting long robes and headwear. He claimed he was the leader of the Islamic Society at the campus in Harrow.

"To put it bluntly he was radicalised. Attention to his academic obligations was intermittent and he did not achieve his degree."

UK: Woman Urged Husband To Die As Islamic Martyr


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