152. Salahuddin Amin, you will recall, came from Luton. From what he told the police in interview however, he had been born in Pakistan and brought up there prior to moving to England when he was about 16. He thereafter returned to visit Pakistan in 1999/2000 and became interested in and supportive of the Pakistani struggle with India over Kashmir.
153. After that short stay in Pakistan he returned to Luton and indeed became a student at the University of Hertfordshire. He also had a job as a taxi driver. He had decided, prior to returning to England, that he would make financial donations to the cause in relation to Kashmir. This he did.
154. Amin then took a year out from being a student to work full time as a cabbie and this enabled him to make donations of E5 to E10 per day.
155. He also came under various influences. One such influence was a young man named Aftab. Aftab had apparently undergone training in Pakistan and indeed was in due course to be killed in Afghanistan. It was to Aftab that Amin handed over his donations for onward transmission. Aftab also provided videos and cassettes.
156. Those videos and cassettes had the effect of making up Amin's mind to undergo training and to go to fight in Kashmir or Afghanistan.
157. He was at this time studying Islam and praying for about two hours a day. Among the visitors to his mosque in Luton was a man named Abu Munthir - we will come across Abu Munthir in due course in Pakistan and indeed you may recall that Babar knew of him as a senior man who Babar wanted to meet.
158. Of particular relevance to this case is the fact that Amin's mosque or centre also received a visit from members of the Crawley group. Amin recalled that this was how he met Omar Khyam and Waheed Mahmood for the first time.
159. When in the summer of 2001 Amin went to Pakistan for his sister's wedding, he took the opportunity to "check out," as he put it, a training camp. He wasn't in the event very impressed with it but he did this because he thought he might return to undergo training. He told the police, in response to a question in interview, that he viewed himself at that time as a radical follower of Islam.
163. Initially in Pakistan, Amin worked in his uncle's business. However, in due course a man who he had known from the mosque back in Luton came to see him. His name was Abdul Quayam. He asked Amin would he help in the transmission of money and equipment to people fighting in Afghanistan - like Al Qaeda and Mujahideen. And the recipient of the money and equipment was to be Abu Munthir, to whom I referred a few minutes ago.
164. Abu Munthir was now of course in Pakistan or Afghanistan, and thereafter Amin received the money and equipment and passed it on, usually via an intermediary to Abu Munthir.
165. In February 2003, Omar Khyam, the first defendant, arrived in Pakistan. Amin had been notified of his arrival and that he, Khyam, was coming out to help. He would stay until August 2003 and again tying in with the evidence of Babar, Khyam was known to Amin by the name Ausman. Initially Khyam was concerned with the supplying of the equipment to go to Abu Munthir. There were associates of Khyam also involved - one was the second defendant, Anthony Garcia. Amin knew him by the name of Rizwan and knew he was Algerian.
173. An indication to the trust imposed in Amin and his position in the Pakistani end of the organisation is gained from the passing of information to him in relation to a radioisotope bomb. Abu Munthir asked Amin to contact a man named Abu Annis on Munthir's behalf. Amin did so via the internet and Abu Annis said they had made contact with the Russian mafia in Belgium and from the mafia they were trying to buy this bomb.
178. Those are the precautions they were taking. What did Omar Khyam want to know in February 2004? He told Amin that he had 650 kg of ammonium nitrate and he basically wanted to know two things. Firstly, what should he mix with it to make explosives and secondly, in what ratios. Khyam explained that he had forgotten the detail of the instructions they had received back in June 2003 in Kohat. So, it seems, had Amin because he went to Abu Munthir, his superior, in order to obtain this information. This took two or three weeks but he was assiduous enough to make notes, thereafter destroyed, of what he was told. That information he passed on to Khyam.
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44. In mid May 2004, a second overseas detainee indicated he had met two men from Leeds called Ibrahim and Zubair who had been sent on a fact finding mission by MQK. The second detainee, who had better reason to recognise the two men than Babar, was shown good quality photographs of D and E, but failed to recognise D or E, let alone to identify E as Ibrahim.
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another Secret Service intelligence source is mentioned here6.9 In a further statement [p.2405] Babar confirms that the person he called Ibrahim was MSK. He confirms that he met MSK at the airport with Amin. They went to see the uncle of one of them in Rawalpindi. Babar next saw them at Amin's flat in Islamabad. It was on this occasion that Khyam told them about the training camp. Amin, Ahmed Ali Khan and Babar were also present. MSK said that he had previously received weapons training at a camp in Kashmir.
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