Jury Sees 'Martyr Videos' in UK Terror Plot Trial

Discussed bringing families on suicide missions
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 6:26 AM CDT
The eight men on trial accused of planning to bomb airliners bound for the United States and Canada.   (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police, HO)
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(Newser) – In London yesterday, prosecutors introduced “martyrdom videos” as evidence against eight British Muslims accused of plotting to destroy US-bound airliners in 2006, the Times  reports. One video, found in a man’s garage, envisioned “your people’s body parts responsible for these wars and oppression decorating the streets.” The prosecutor also said some of the men discussed, in wiretapped conversations, bringing their wives and children with them on their suicide missions, AP reports.

The eight men are charged with planning to use hydrogen peroxide-based explosives concealed in soda bottles, with detonators hidden in hollowed-out camera batteries, to simultaneously explode six airliners destined for cities in the US and Canada. The plot was devised for “revenge for the acts of the USA in the Muslim lands and their accomplices, such as the British and the Jews,” according to one video.