Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'TERROR PLOTTER HAD BLAIR ADDRESS' EX-PRIME MINISTER COULD HAVE BEEN TARGET, TRIAL TOLD; 'I Hate White People So Much ... These Pigs'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'TERROR PLOTTER HAD BLAIR ADDRESS' EX-PRIME MINISTER COULD HAVE BEEN TARGET, TRIAL TOLD; 'I Hate White People So Much ... These Pigs'

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

A HOUSE owned by former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie could have been the target for a terrorist attack, the Old Bailey heard today.

Erol Incedal, 26, of Southwark, who is charged with preparing acts of terrorism, was stopped by police driving a Mercedes E class car in September last year.

Officers found a piece of paper with the Blair's address written on it inside his white Versace glasses case, the jury was told. Opening the trial, which will mainly be heard in secret, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said this was of "some significance as to what Incedal was doing".

"You will hear that he was actively engaged with another or others who were abroad," he told the jury.

The prosecutor said the suspected terrorist did not necessarily have specific targets in mind although he had searched the internet in English and Arabic for Islamic State references. Mr Whittam said: "It is not suggested he had any settled plan on a specific target or a particular methodology but in the context of the case you may find it is of some significance that he had that in his glasses case."

He added that the address of the Blairs' house was not being read out in open court "for obvious reasons". Incedal was allowed to drive away after the routine stop -- but a bug was planted in his car in a bid to record his extremist views, the court heard.

Voices can be heard saying: "Fight those of the infidels who are near you. Why do you not fight in Allah's cause? For those oppressing men, women and children who cry 'lord, rescue us from this town'."

At one stage Incedal tells his wife: "I hate white people so much. I may have to destroy everything and do something else -- Plan B."

He goes on: "These pigs. I just feel like running them over."

His wife asks: "Why are they called pigs?" He replies: "Everyone, even the kuffars [unbelievers] call them pigs."

Music "supporting jihad" and references to "slaughter of the enemy" can also be heard, said Mr Whittam.

The prosecutor told the jury: "Does that help you consider the mindset of the people in the vehicle?"

The bug also picked up references to finding somewhere to keep things because "you can't carry rucksacks, it's too dangerous". …

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