Bahraini human rights activist on trial for suspected extremist activity in Britain
Al Shayeb denied the claims against him and denies possessing extremist documents. (Shutterstock)
The trial of Abdul Raoof Al Shayeb, 51, a terror suspect who once attended human rights conferences with Jeremy Corbyn, entered its second week in Britain.
The accused was caught by police with instructions about how to use a sniper’s rifle and a “jihadi examination paper”, the court heard.
Al Shayeb claimed the meetings with Mr Corbyn were in support of “human rights everywhere” but “especially in Bahrain.”
A jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court was shown pictures of him wearing combat fatigues, holding a handgun and others with a machine gun by his side.
He claims he has been a human rights activist in his native Bahrain since the age of 14, but jurors were told that the police raided his home Maida Vale, northwest London, in April 2014 and found an SD card with notes about the assembly and capabilities of a variety of weapons.
The prosecutor in this case said: “This defendant, as you have heard, has been charged with an offence of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”.
Al Shayeb told jurors he had never seen the notes before the raid and they were not his.