Terror accused had 2,000 rightwing songs, trial told
A man standing trial on terrorism charges allegedly downloaded more than 2,000 “extreme rightwing” punk songs, a court heard yesterday.
Connor Ward, 25, allegedly downloaded a total of 2,043 tracks on to a laptop computer which was taken by police from his home in Banff.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the songs were performed by the likes of groups such as Skrewdriver and Johnny Rebel.
A jury heard how some of the songs were composed by the RaHoWa band and jurors heard how the name is an abbreviated expression used by far rightwing activists for Racial Holy War.
Professor Matthew Feldman, 41, told prosecution lawyer Richard Goddard he was asked to analyse material which had been seized from a computer which belonged to Ward.
The academic, who specialises in studying far rightwing political movements, said he concluded the music contained content sympathetic to neoNazism.
He said: “There was 2,043 audio tracks produced by extreme rightwing musicians.”
Prof Feldman gave evidence on the 10th day of proceedings against Mr Ward who denies two charges of breaching the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism Act 2006.
Prof Feldman told the jury he had an interest in the study of fascism. The jury heard the professor also found a downloaded copy of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler.
Prof Feldman also said he found a copy of a novel called the Turner Diaries, about white people who started a race war.
The jury heard that a man called David Copeland read the book before starting a bombing campaign in London in 1999.
Describing the book, Prof Feldman said: “It was once described by the FBI as being the bible of extreme rightwing activists.”
Prosecutors allege that between February 26, 2011, and November 21, 2014, at 2 Whinhill Crescent and 9 Water Path, in Banff, Ward collected or made a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing an act of terrorism and engaged in conduct in preparation of such acts. The trial continues.
“There was 2,043 songs by extreme rightwing bands”