Terror plot accused ‘had Plan A’

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A British man accused of plotting a terrorist attack had notes on a “Plan A” stashed on top of a wardrobe in the home he shared with his wife and three young children, a partly secret trial heard today.

Erol Incedal, 26, formerly known in the case as AB, is on trial at the Old Bailey on charges of preparing acts of terrorism and possessing a document entitled Bomb Making on a memory card.

The jury has been told that Incedal was conspiring with others to either target individuals, such as former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie, or launch a wide-ranging, indiscriminate attack such as the Mumbai massacre in 2008.

Following his arrest near Tower Bridge on October 13 last year, police searched two addresses – Incedal’s home in Unity Court, south-east London, and a second flat in Sussex Gardens near Paddington, which the defendant failed to tell them about.

Incedal’s wife Kadeejah Baluch answered the door to the Unity Court home when police arrived with a search warrant. There were four children at the flat at the time, including Incedal’s own aged six, four and 11 months.

Ms Baluch confirmed to officers that her husband was Incedal and said: “He normally lives here but not for the last four days.”

During the search, police found a document headed “Plan A” on top of a wardrobe in a bedroom, the court heard.

It listed “three to four workers, two tennis racquets, one month’s surveillance, rent nearby flat, transport, assess security, assess risk, legitimacy, action etc”, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said.

Other officers searched Incedal’s second address in central London where they found evidence of a number of people living there.

There were toothbrushes in the bathroom, three pairs of shoes, three beds made up, one with “classy” fake black silk sheets, condoms, and various DVDs of Hollywood films strewn around the flat, the court heard.

Mr Whittam asked crime scene examiner Matt Rogers: “Someone is a Nick Cage fan?”

The detective constable, who was giving evidence about the search, replied: “That appears to be the case.”

Police also found a laptop in a drawer in the bedroom, which the jury has heard contained coded messages referring to a “Mumbai-style” attack and Kalashnikov rifles.

Incedal denies the charges against him.

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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