Scientific evidence links Algerian to UK terrorist funding scam
A British court was presented evidence yesterday scientifically linking Algerian expatriate Brahim Benmerzouga to materials promoting terrorism. The defendant is on trial for funding the Al-Qaeda network from his Leicester home.
Benmerzouga's fingerprints were allegedly uncovered on several pages of an Arabic booklet illustrating the killing of non-Muslims as part of a holy war, reported Independent. The Algerian immigrant was arrested in late September for collecting the credit card details of 85 individuals to raise over £100,000 ($161,875) for Al-Qaeda.
Both Benmerzouga and Algerian accomplice Baghdad Meziane deny any connection to fundraising activities for terrorist groups. Notwithstanding, fake passports and visas were found at Benmerzouga's home and in the trunk of his car detectives found videos of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
A new jury was sworn into Leicester Crown Court Monday after a previous one was discharged for legal reasons last week. The trial is forecasted to last eight weeks. — (menareport.com)
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