Sana Ahmed Khan accused of financing Mohammed Rehman while plotting to attack London
The wife of a suspect Daesh The terrorist took out payday loans to finance his purchases of bomb-making equipment on eBay, a court said.
Sana Ahmed Khan, 24, is accused of financing Mohammed Rehman, 25, when he allegedly plotted to attack London in the months leading up to the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 attacks.
Khan and Rehman deny preparation for terrorist acts, and Rehman also denies possession of items for terrorist purposes.
Prosecutors say Rehman was within two days of being able to build a fertilizer bomb similar to those used in the 2005 suicide bombings.
He was arrested in May this year, two months after asking Twitter for advice on whether to target a Westfield shopping center or the London Underground.
Old Bailey jurors learned how Khan received three payday loans totaling £ 700 from QuickQuid on November 17 last year.
She transferred £ 291 to Rehman, followed by an additional £ 250 to take her account out of overdraft.
At 8:52 p.m. that day, Rehman set up a Pay Pal account before making a series of eBay purchases starting at 10:57 p.m.
His purchases on the Internet auction site included:
- A heat-resistant glass funnel for £ 3.99
- Lab filter paper for £ 3.95
- A liter of acetone for £ 6.99
- Twenty packs of instant ice cream for £ 10.50
- A liter of hydrochloric acid for £ 11.99
- One liter of hydrogen peroxide
- Three glass stirring rods
- 1kg of aluminum powder
- A glass pipette
- A measuring cylinder
- Two graduated beakers
Jurors were also shown tapes of Rehman using his brother’s phone to text Khan saying, “Honey, call me.”
During the phone call, Rehman continued to purchase hardware from eBay starting at 11:25 p.m., the court said, including:
- A stirrer thermometer
- A RadioShack pickup thread
- Fuel Tornado Nitro RC
- Five snap-on plastic connectors
- A two-liter plastic food container with a tight-fitting lid
- Four Duracell 9V industrial batteries
- A soldering iron kit
- 100 transparent medical examination gloves
- An electric hotplate.
- A Christmas decoration containing 200 fairy lights for £ 9.99
Jurors also read love messages between the couple, who married in an Islamic wedding ceremony on October 31, 2013 without notifying Khan’s parents.
On the first birthday in 2014, Rehman texted his wife to say, “Happy birthday my angel :(“
Khan replied, “Happy birthday sweetheart, I can’t believe it’s been a year.”
Rehman later told her: “My dear, you represent the world to me, you are everything to me after Allah.”
At the beginning of November, he sent another message asking for more money “so that I can have some weed”.
Khan replied: “My love, I will transfer you”.
Khan, who has a degree in English at the University of Greenwich in south-east London, is said to have shared his interest in violent Islamic extremism.
It is claimed that Rehman tested explosives in his garden in Reading on at least two occasions and sent a video of the practice detonation to Khan.
After Rehman’s arrest, police found nearly 11 kg of urea nitrate fertilizer, handwritten recipes for RDX, ETN and ammonium nitrate explosives, and Al Qaeda’s bomb-making guide “Make a bomb in your mother’s kitchen.”
The prosecution claims that the couple developed an interest in the Islamic State and that Rehman “undoubtedly approved of the atrocities and wanted to play his own part.”
Rehman, of Radstock Road, Reading, and Sana Ahmed Khan, of Hutton Close, Earley, Wokingham, deny preparations for terrorist acts.
Rehman denies a second charge of possession of items for terrorist purposes.
The trial continues.