'21-7 bomber' accused by fellow defendant

London Telegraph
Thursday, March 22, 2007

In a dramatic twist to the two-month trial, one of the alleged July 21 bombers was accused by a fellow defendant of planning to make his explosions "bigger and better" in his "twisted thinking" than July 7, a court heard today.

Muktar Said Ibrahim planned to set off four bombs on the Tube and booby-trap a flat in a north London tower block, Stephen Kamlish QC, who represents Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, told Woolwich Crown Court.

He said: "Four real bombs on the Tube and one block of flats, a tower, destroyed, going up in a ball of flames. That was your plan, wasn't it?"

Ibrahim replied: "That's totally not true."

"Your plan was to explode real bombs on the London transport system. These were not to be hoax devices," Mr Kamlish said.

The lawyer also said Ibrahim brought in Asiedu only the day before the attacks - because "you lost your bottle at the last minute".

He went on: "You actually decided that you couldn't kill yourself for any particular cause, therefore you had to find a fourth person to carry out the fourth bomb."

Mr Kamlish claimed Ibrahim set up the booby trap in 58 Curtis House, New Southgate - the alleged bomb factory - to go off when anyone entered the premises.

"We say your 21/7 bombs were to be bigger and better in your twisted thinking than that of 7/7."

Ibrahim is on trial alongside Yassin Omar, 26, from New Southgate, north London, Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 33, of no fixed address, Hussain Osman 28, of no fixed address, Ramzi Mohammed, 25, of North Kensington, west London and Adel Yahya, 24, of High Road, Tottenham, north London.

All deny charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions likely to endanger life.

The trial continues.

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