Islamic fanatic 'wanted to groom his three-year-old daughter to marry a terrorist'
Last updated at 16:28pm on 7th February 2008
Parviz Khan allegedly hoped his three-year-old daughter would marry a terrorist
The fanatic who plotted to kidnap and behead a British soldier wanted his three-year-old daughter to marry a jihadi terrorist, a court heard.
Terrorist cell leader Parviz Khan, 37, was secretly recorded in his home telling friend Zahoor Iqbal how the toddler talked about cooking food for the "men in the mountains" .
Khan added: "Inshallah (God willing) – she'll marry into them and give birth to them".
But Iqbal, who is on trial accused of helping Khan send equipment to be used by extremists in Afghanistan, denied Khan was talking about Mujahideen insurgents.
Nigel Rumfitt, QC, prosecuting, told him: "That is as sick as it gets.
"He wants his three-year-old daughter to marry Mujahideen terrorists and give birth to more of them.
"That is what he is training her to want by asking her what she will cook for them in the mountains."
But Iqbal told the jury at Leicester Crown Court that Khan meant he wanted his daughter to marry an Afghan mountain villager.
Iqbal added that he never suspected Khan was sending equipment to Al-Qaeda terrorists fighting coalition forces and instead thought the shipments were for earthquake relief.
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Terror plotters: (clockwise from top left) Mohammed Irfan, Hamid Elasmar, Amjad Mahmood, Zahoor Iqbal, Parviz Khan and Basiru Gassama are alleged to be part of a Birmingham-based terrorist cell
"All I saw were fleeces and thermals .l never saw any radar detectors or night vision equipment," he claimed. Iqbal also told the jury that he did not take Khan seriously when he talked about terrorism.
"I thought he was a fantasist," Iqbal said, "His mindset and mental state had changed.
"It was just him talking and I went along with it."
Khan has admitted being the mastermind behind an "evil" plot to abduct a Muslim British soldier and behead him "like a pig" in a lock-up garage.
He planned to snatch his intended victim with the help of drug-dealers as the target was enjoying an night out before murdering him on film.
Footage of the "ghastly" killing would then be released "to spread fear among the armed forces and public", the jury has been told.
Khan was the "hub" of a cell whose main purpose was to send supplies to Pakistan for use by terrorists fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan.
But he concocted his plot to kidnap a squaddie from the streets of Birmingham because he was "enraged" that there were Muslims in the British army.
The plan was scuppered when police and members of the security services swooped on Khan last January after secretly bugging his terraced home.
Zahoor Iqbal denies helping Khan with his plot
The jury has been told Khan has admitted engaging in conduct with the intention to commit acts of terrorism between April 2006 and February 2007.
He also admits supplying equipment for use in terrorism and possessing a document likely to be useful in committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
Iqbal, Perry Barr, Birmingham, denies engaging in conduct with the intention of assisting in the commission of acts of terrorism.
The 30-year-old also denies possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
Khan, Alum Rock, Birmingham, allegedly enlisted two other men, Amjad Mahmood and Basiru Gassam, to identify a soldier for his plot.
Shopworker Mahmood, denies a charge of failing to disclose information relating to an act of terrorism.
The 32-year-old, who worked near Khan's home, also denies engaging in conduct with the intention of assisting in the commission of acts of terrorism.
Gassama, 30,of Hodge Hill, Birmingham, has pleaded guilty to failing to disclose information relating to an act of terrorism.
Two other Muslim men who are alleged to have been members of Khan's terrorist cell were also charged with terrorism-related offences.
Hamid Elasmar, 44, Edgbaston, Birmingham, has admitted engaging in conduct with the intention of assisting in acts of terrorism.
The jury has been told 31-year-old Mohammed Irfan, of Ward End, Birmingham, has also pleaded guilty to the same charge.