By Duncan Gardham / Telegraph UK
Terrorist sympathiser Waris Ali is said to have angered teachers and fellow pupils with his radical views.Â And he even allegedly asked librarians and a policeman how much potentially lethal fertiliser he could keep at home before it was illegal under anti-terror laws.
Ali, now 18, denies three charges of possessing articles for terrorist purposes, namely a copy of the Anarchists’ Cookbook, 3.5kg of potassium nitrate and a quantity of calcium chloride. His co-accused Dabeer Hussain, also 18, denies one count of possessing the cookbook, which lists how to make lethal bombs.
The schoolboys attended Westborough High School, in Dewsbury, West Yorks, the home town of a number of the London Suicide Bombers, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Ali’s former religious education teacher and form mistress Nichola Colloby told the trial he school was 85 per cent Asian, but none of them was as religiously or politically obsessive as he was.
Mrs Colloby said: “Wasir said he was interested in becoming a politician and he was very interested in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“He was of the opinion that that he terrorist attack on America was a good, positive thing and he saw America as the enemy.”
In art lessons his paintings concerned the teacher and he wrote the slogans ‘President Bush must die’ and ‘Tony Blair must die’.
His year planner, in which ordinary pupils inserted holidays, birthdays or sports events, was confiscated as he wrote ‘September 11, Twin Towers blown up â€“ 3,000 dead!’
Mrs Colloby said all Ali ever wanted to discuss was the Muslim and American struggle.
“It was quite disturbing really,” she said.
“He was vehement that his was the right opinion and he could not empathise with the other view.”
Mrs Colloby, who has an American partner, told the jury that she entered her classroom in April 2,006 to see Ali being restrained by fellow pupils.
On her white board in black marker were the words ‘All Americans MUST die!’
She said:Wasir was being held by one of the other students because some of the others wanted to be physically violent with him.
“One said ‘Look Miss, look what Wasir has written on your board’. I was upset and angry.”
She said the whole class knew her partner was American and their three-year-old daughter was half-American.
Mrs Colloby said:”I was so upset and angry the head of year was sent for and Wasir was removed from the classroom.”
The jury heard Ali had been researching home-made bombs on the internet and had chemicals capable of making explosions stored in his bedroom. He had bought the potassium nitrate and calcium chloride on e-bay.
Miss Vanessa Ibbotson, the local librarian in Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, had been approached by Ali.
“He said he had been asked by members of the community how much fertiliser you could legally store at home, said Miss Ibbotson.
Both Ali, and Hussain, of Ravensthorpe, face charges of possessing articles for terrorist purposes. Ali has denied three counts against him. Hussain has pleaded not guilty to one charge.
The trial continues.