According to prosecutor Richard Whittam, Erol Incedal, age 26, plotted an attack against a significant individual or killings that would resemble the attacks in Mumbai in 2008, leaving 174 people dead. Incedal, who is from London, is now standing trial in a court of law to determine his true intentions, as well as fate.
Whittam added that while count one does not suggest Incedal settled on one particular target or a specific methodology to carry out the threats, looking at the context of the case in whole along with the evidence gathered, the fact that he knew where Blair and his family live is significant.
Later in the proceedings, the court was made aware of several emails going between Incedel and an unknown individual, which contained unique coded messages. In one, there was a coded word “k 11 22 aaa shhh” that according to prosecutors could have been a reference to Kalashnikov rifles. In another message, “mo88m 55bayy style” was written, which he believes has something to do with the Mumbai-style attack.
As the jury sat and listened, they learned that Incedel had initially been stopped by law enforcement officials in September of last year. Because of growing suspicions and increased evidence, investigators used the opportunity to place a bugging device in his Mercedes. Weeks later in October, Incedel along with Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar were arrested when stopped in East London.
The prosecutor told the jury that both men were carrying an iPhone inside a protective case and that between the device and the case was a memory card containing a bomb-making document. Just last week, Rarmoul-Bouhadjar pled guilty to being in possession of material beneficial to terrorism.
The jury was also told about an iPhone recovered during the investigation on which there was the material in support of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, as well as photographs of various synagogues.
Although jurors were provided with extensive details, they were advised yesterday that some parts of the trial would never be made public. In today’s proceedings, jurors remained behind closed doors and are forbidden from talking about the things they hear and learn.
To observe the ongoing courtroom proceedings, 10 journalists will be locked in the room but banned from revealing anything said. Noted by Justice Nicol, this particular trial has unusual features. He added that the usual method of justice being administered is in the public but that this trial would be conducted differently. In fact, evidence heard in a third part of the trial will exclude all journalists.