Evening StandardWednesday, April 04, 2012
Mohammed Shabir Ali, 24, from Stepney, was accused of funding his
brother Mohammed Shamim in “numerous ways” to travel to the east African
country to fight and become a martyr.
also heard that he was found with a manual, 44 Ways to Support Jihad,
written by extremist cleric Anwar al Awlaki — the man who inspired the
Detroit underpants bomber and the woman who tried to stab to death East
Ham MP Stephen Timms.
Today’s hearing came as 10 people, including
the heads of Somalia’s Olympic and football federations, were killed by
a girl suicide bomber in the Somali capital Mogadishu.
Qaeda linked militant group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the
bombing, which took place at the newly reopened national theatre at an
event also attended by Somali prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali.
allegations against Ali were outlined by prosecutor Louise Gray, who
said that he had helped his brother, who left the UK with two other men,
to “commit acts of terrorism in Somalia” by raising cash to help fund
She said he had also been found with Awlaki’s manual
during a raid by counter-terrorism police on his home in Stepney. It
also led to the arrest of two other men, aged 24 and 30, and a
21-year-old woman, who all remain in police custody.
headed Ali sat with his hands in his pocket while the charges of
assisting another to commit acts of terrorism and possessing a terror
manual were read out.
The offences were allegedly committed
between 20 August 2008 and 21 June last year. He did not enter a plea
and spoke only to confirm his name and address.
He was remanded in
custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 20 April after District Judge
Caroline Tubbs refused an application for bail.
whose three children are aged four, two and 18 months, was supported at
court by his wife and other family members, one of whom saluted him as
he walked in.
The terror manual allegedly found in his possession
was written by American-born Awlaki, who was killed last year in a
drone strike after leading al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
teachings were said to have influenced Mohammed Merah who carried out a
spate of shootings in south-west France last month. He killed seven
people, including children, before he was shot by police.
by a lone al Qaeda terrorist fits the profile of a new generation of
Islamist terrorists who are now regarded as posing a major security
threat to the West.
Awlaki, whose perfect command of English made
him a highly effective al Qaeda propagandist, regularly posted sermons
on the internet urging his followers to carry out attacks against
Western “infidels” using any means at their disposal.
his sermons were blamed for the attack on Mr Timms at his constituency
surgery in May 2010, when Roshonara Choudhry, 21, tried to stab him to
death with a kitchen knife.
British security officials have also
broken up several al Qaeda plots in which militants were planning to
attack crowded shopping centres with primitive explosives.
Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed that two men and a woman remain in
custody as part of the investigation into the offences allegedly
committed by Ali and have not yet been charged.