‘Blairs were tar­get of ter­ror plot’

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FOR­MER prime min­is­ter Tony Blair and his wife Cherie may have been the tar­gets of a ter­ror plot, a court has heard.

Erol Incedal had the ad­dress of one of the Blairs’ many prop­er­ties on him when he was stopped by po­lice, a jury was told.

Pros­e­cu­tor Richard Whit­tam QC, open­ing the Old Bai­ley trial, which will mainly be heard in se­cret, said Incedal may also have been plan­ning an “in­dis­crim­i­nate at­tack” sim­i­lar to the Mumbai mas­sacre.

Incedal is ac­cused of pre­par­ing acts of ter­ror­ism and pos­sess­ing a doc­u­ment en­ti­tled Bomb Mak­ing on a mem­ory card. The 26-year-old from London de­nies the charges. Mr Whit­tam told jurors Incedal was stopped on Septem­ber 30, 2013, for a road traf­fic of­fence.

Inside the black Mercedes he was trav­el­ling in po­lice found a num­ber of items in­clud­ing a piece of pa­per with a Blair ad­dress on it, it was said.

Mr Whit­tam said: “You will hear that he was ac­tively en­gaged with another or oth­ers who were abroad.

“The pros­e­cu­tion case is that such en­gage­ment was for an act or acts of ter­ror­ism ei­ther against a limited num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als, an in­di­vid­ual of sig­nif­i­cance or a more wide-rang­ing and in­dis­crim­i­nate at­tack such as the one in Mumbai in 2008.”

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