Terror police 'found jihadist books in loft'

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Police searching the home of a man accused of preparing terrorist acts discovered news stories and books with jihadist content, a court heard today.

Officers found the material while searching the loft conversion room of Mohammed Usman Saddique, 27, in Walthamstow, east London, a jury was told.

Saddique is accused of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts between April 12 2006 and August 10 2006 through possessing a quantity of mobile phones and a CD.

He is also charged with a second alternative count of possessing a document or record containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Saddique was initially arrested on suspicion of involvement in the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism at 11.15pm on 9 August 2006, shortly after leaving his home.

He was cautioned and replied: "You gotta be joking."

Opening the prosecution case at Inner London Crown Court, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said: "That arrest was part of a large police operation into a conspiracy to blow up transatlantic passenger aircraft. It is not alleged that Usman Saddique was part of that conspiracy.

"A number of people were arrested, not just him, some were charged with that conspiracy, you will hear about their convictions in due course, others were released without charge."

Saddique denies both counts.