Man al­leged to have made poi­son or­der

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

A fam­ily man or­dered enough deadly poi­son on the Dark Web to kill 1,400 peo­ple then set about find­ing a rab­bit, chin­chilla or other “pocket-sized pet” to test it on, a court heard.

Mo­hammed Ali, 31, from Liver­pool, al­legedly tried to buy 500mg of ricin worth 500US dol­lars (£320) from a dealer in the United States who went by the names of Dark Mart and Psy­chochem.

What the com­puter-ob­sessed soft­ware pro­gram­mer did not know was that the man he had been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with on the in­ter­net black mar­ket was an un­der­cover FBI agent known as Peter who was pos­ing as a ricin sup­plier.

Un­der the user­name Weirdos 0000, Ali ap­proached Dark Mart in Jan­uary with a pri­vate mes­sage: “Hi, would you be able to makeme some ricin and send it to the UK?”

In a se­ries of en­crypted chats they dis­cussed de­tails in­clud­ing the price of a lethal dose, dis­counts for bulk or­ders and re­peat pur­chases, and ricin’s “shelf life”, jurors were told.

At one point Ali asked: “How do I test this ricin?” and re­ceived the in­struc­tion: “You must test it on a ro­dent.”

Peter had al­ready alerted Bri­tish author­i­ties who al­lowed the ne­go­ti­a­tions to run their course, jurors were told.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sally Howes QC told jurors ricin was “the per­fect poi­son” be­cause it does­not­showupin a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion.

The Old Bai­ley trial is ex­pected to go on for two weeks.

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