Student accused over terror plot
Wednesday 02 September 2009
The trial of a Somalian student accused of failing to disclose an alleged terrorist plot opened today.
Hashi Omer, 19, appeared at Bristol Crown Court accused of failing to tell the authorities about convicted terrorist Isa Ibrahim's plans to blow himself up in Bristol city centre.
Omer, of Great Ann Street, Bristol, who wore a knee-length, white camise and a brown suit jacket, allegedly withheld the information between 5 April and 18 April last year.
He previously denied the charge of failing to disclose a terrorist plot earlier this year at Nottingham Crown Court.
Mr Justice Butterfield formally designated today the first day of the trial, though three days of legal argument are due to be heard, before a jury is sworn in on Monday.
Former public schoolboy Ibrahim, 20, from Bristol, was jailed indefinitely in July after he was found guilty of a number of terrorism charges at Winchester Crown Court.
Omer is on bail on condition he remains at a specified residence, gives up his passport and does not apply for new travel documents.
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