MI5 agents testify in terror trial

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Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Four British Security Service officers have testified at the US trial of a terrorism suspect charged with plotting to bomb a shopping centre in Manchester.

Identified only by four-digit numbers and wearing make-up, the MI5 agents today described weeks of surveillance they conducted on Abid Naseer in 2009.

The agents said they observed Naseer during a case dubbed Operation Pathway. They said Naseer was given the code name Small Panel.

Naseer, 28, is defending himself in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say the British plot was part of a broader al Qaida conspiracy calling on other cells to attack civilians in New York and Denmark.

The agents described Naseer’s movements to and from an Islamic centre, a cybercafe and elsewhere.

Asked during cross-examination if his movements seemed suspicious, an agent said no.

Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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