Trevor Chinn ‘on ter­ror cell hit-list’

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY DANA GLOGER

PROM­I­NENT BUSI­NESS­MAN and com­mu­nity phi­lan­thropist Sir Trevor Chinn was a po­ten­tial tar­get re­searched by an al­leged al-Qaeda cell, a court has heard.

A jury at Manch­ester Crown Court was told last week that Habib Ahmed, 38, of Cheetham Hill, Manch­ester, had re­searched how to make a bomb and had run sev­eral Google searches on pos­si­ble tar­gets.

Th­ese in­cluded Sir Trevor, chair­man of the Is­rael-Bri­tain Busi­ness Coun­cil and chair of the Mayor’s Fund for Lon­don, de­scribed in court as some­one “close to Tony Blair, who was then Prime Min­is­ter”.

Also in the dock fac­ing ter­ror charges was Rangzieb Ahmed, 33, from Fal­low­field, Manch­ester. The Crown says that Habib Ahmed was sent back to Bri­tain from Pak­istan with three books with writ­ing in in­vis­i­ble ink, given to him by Rangzieb Ahmed.

“You don’t write your shop­ping list in in­vis­i­ble ink, this clearly had some sig­nif­i­cance,” said An­drew Edis QC, pros­e­cut­ing.

Rangzieb Ahmed is ac­cused of di­rect­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion, pos­sess­ing ar­ti­cles for ter­ror­ism and pos­sess­ing a ruck­sack with traces of ex­plo­sives. He de­nies the charges but has ad­mit­ted be­ing part of pro­scribed ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tion Harkat-ul-Mu­jahideen.

Habib Ahmed is ac­cused of pos­sess­ing in­for­ma­tion for ter­ror­ism and re­ceiv­ing ter­ror­ist train­ing in Pak­istan. His wife, Mehreen Haji, is ac­cused of ar­rang­ing fund­ing for ter­ror­ism.

They deny the charges and the trial con­tin­ues.

In a sep­a­rate case at Manch­ester Crown Court last week, a man who made ex­plo­sives and kept a highly toxic gas in his home in the heart of the city’s Manch­ester Jewish com­mu­nity has been jailed for seven years.

ShobanAhmedButt,19,made­flammable de­vices in his home on King’s Road, Prest­wich, where he had recipes for mak­ing chem­i­cal and ex­plo­sive sub­stances.

Butt had hatched a black­mail plot fol­low­ing a dis­pute be­tween a mem­ber of his fam­ily and an­other man, not thought to be Jewish. When po­lice searched his house, they found ex­plo­sive sub­stances ready to use.

Rabbi Sammy Gold­berg, from the Machzikei Hadass con­gre­ga­tion, only doors away from where Butt lived, said: “I am glad he has been jailed. It was at our back door — but I do not find it fright­en­ing. Th­ese things hap­pen ev­ery­where. We are not com­pla­cent. We are al­ways vig­i­lant and we pray and try to help in any prac­ti­cal way.”

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