Ter­ror ac­cused had 2,000 rightwing songs, trial told

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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”

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