An Islamist fanatic has admitted to hatching a plot to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier “like a pig” in a lock-up garage, a court has heard.
Parviz Khan, 38, an unemployed charity worker, planned to film the beheading and post the footage on the internet, Leicester Crown Court was told.
Khan, the ringleader, and three others admitted to a series of charges surrounding the plot earlier this month, but it could not be reported until a jury trying two other men on similar charges was sworn in today.
Nigel Rumfitt QC, prosecuting, told the jury Khan intended to use drug dealers to kidnap the unnamed soldier while he was enjoying a night out in Birmingham’s Broad Street entertainment quarter.
Khan, of Alum Rock, Birmingham, was “a man who has the most violent and extreme Islamist views”, Mr Rumfitt said. “He was enraged by the idea that there are Muslim soldiers in the British army.”
Once the soldier was bundled into a car, he would have been taken to a lock-up garage, Mr Rumfitt added. “There he would be murdered by having his head cut off like a pig.
“This atrocity would be filmed… and the film released to cause panic and fear within the British armed forces and the wider public.”
Amjad Mahmood, 33, and Zahoor Iqbal, 31, who went on trial today, have pleaded not guilty to involvement in the plot.
Police in the case of a plot to kidnap and kill a British soldier and the shipping of equipment to terrorists in Pakistan found “disturbingly violent” Islamist material during searches of homes in Birmingham.
Zahoor Iqbal, 30, is standing trial at Leicester Crown Court charged along with kidnap plotter Parviz Khan with helping to send the cargoes and being in possession of material that would help terrorists.
Jurors were told how a search of Iqbal’s home in Perry Barr found a bag of CDs and DVDs, including a computer disc entitled Encyclopaedia Jihad.
The material included electronic “books” on everything from booby traps and grenades to United States Army field manuals and a “Mujahideen poison book”.
Prosecuting, Nigel Rumfitt QC said: “This man was in possession of material that goes way beyond a healthy interest in world affairs from a Muslim viewpoint and indicates an unhealthy interest if not obsession with extremism.”
Iqbal denies possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a terrorist, namely the “Encyclopaedia Jihad” disc.