An Emirati man on trial for plotting bomb attacks and an assassination in the UAE appointed himself as the emir of ISIL in the country, the Federal Supreme Court heard on Monday.
M A H, 34, husband of Reem Island killer Alaa Al Hashemi, who was executed last year for the murder of American teacher Ibolya Ryan, is charged with seven terror-related offences. These included a plan to bomb Yas Marina Circuit and Ikea, as well as plans to assassinate one of the UAE’s leaders.
A forensics expert from the Ministry of Justice told the judge that a computer belonging to the accused, and an external hard disk he used, contained hundreds of videos that included explosives-making tutorials and other extremist content.
The expert said the videos included tutorials on making C4 plastic bombs, aluminium explosives and other varieties.
Lectures by ISIL leader Abu Baker Al Baghdadi and the group’s spokesman, Abu Mohammed Al Adnani, were also found on his devices.
“My assessment of his Acer computer and Western Digital passport also showed a folder titled ebooks that contained tutorials on how to encrypt messages. It also contained documents listing the UAE’s federal laws and regulations,” the expert said.
Courtesy: (The National, UAE)