‘Ter­ror plotters’ on trial

Mar­ried cou­ple vied over who was more rad­i­cal

The Daily Telegraph - - News - Ni­cola Har­ley

Mar­ried ter­ror plotters boasted about who was more rad­i­cal, a court has heard. Madi­hah Ta­heer and her hus­band, Um­mariyat Mirza, both 21, from Birm­ing­ham, are ac­cused of plot­ting to com­mit a ter­ror act. The pair bragged on so­cial me­dia over who was more rad­i­calised, Wool­wich Crown Court was told.

Ms Ta­heer is al­leged to have bought a hunt­ing knife and “life size train­ing dummy” for her hus­band to help him pre­pare to at­tack.

Ju­rors heard Mirza ad­mit­ted pre­par­ing to com­mit ter­ror­ist acts, while his wife de­nies the of­fence.

The court was read texts be­tween the pair, who shared Isil pro­pa­ganda as their ro­mance bloomed. In one, Mirza told his part­ner: “I’m more rad­i­cal than you. I in­tro­duced you to ISIS … and Ji­had. You’re my stu­dent.” She wrote back: “Sit down, Mr Mod­er­ate.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

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