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Teen ac­cused of ter­ror plot ‘got ji­hadist terms from Four Lions’

- By Martin Evans CRIME CORRESPOND­ENT Crime · Law · Courts · Amazon · Youtube · Quezon City

A BOY ac­cused of plot­ting a ter­ror at­tack has told his trial he used ji­hadist phrases af­ter be­com­ing in­flu­enced by the satir­i­cal film Four Lions.

At 14, he al­legedly be­came “mes­merised by mar­tyr­dom” and made videos in­flu­enced by Is­lamic State in which he talked about car­ry­ing out ji­had. But at Le­ices­ter Crown Court, the teenager told the jury: “I don’t mean what I said.”

The de­fen­dant, who can­not be named be­cause of his age, said he had used phrases mean­ing “non-be­liev­ers” in his videos be­cause he had heard them in Four Lions.

Ju­rors pre­vi­ously heard that he re­searched items to make ba­sic de­vices, such as bot­tle bombs, and added some to his mother’s Ama­zon wish list. Asked how he had found out how to make bot­tle bombs, the boy, from Eastleigh, Hants, said: “A Youtube video.”

The court was shown a video the de­fen­dant had recorded of a bot­tle bomb ex­plod­ing in his wardrobe. The school­boy said: “I think it was just me show­ing a fake au­di­ence how to make a bomb. A dif­fer­ent type of bomb.”

Mary Prior QC, his bar­ris­ter, asked the teenager about a video he had made in which he had used the word “kuf­far”.

Asked why he had used words mean­ing “non-be­liev­ers”, the boy said: “Be­cause I saw it in a film, Four Lions.”

Ques­tion­ing the teenager on his be­hav­iour as a whole, Ms Prior said: “Why are you do­ing this?” “I don’t re­ally know,” he said. Ms Prior con­tin­ued: “How do you feel about it now?” He said: “Up­set … be­cause it is nasty stuff. I don’t like watch­ing it be­cause it is evil. I don’t mean what I said.”

Re­fer­ring to words said in a video about mar­tyr­dom be­ing a “sweet but worth prize for car­ry­ing out ji­had”, Ms Prior asked: “Did you plan to kill your­self ?” “No,” the de­fen­dant replied. Ms Prior asked: “Did you plan to kill some­body else?” He replied: “No, I did not.”

The teenager de­nies one count of prepar­ing acts of ter­ror­ism.

The trial con­tin­ues.

‘I feel up­set about it. It is nasty stuff. I don’t like watch­ing it be­cause it is evil. I don’t mean what I said’

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