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Woman 'backed husband's terror plans'
A young mother encouraged her husband to die as a terrorist martyr, the Old Bailey has been told.
Bouchra El Hor, 24, urged on Yassin Nassari, 28, in a letter which was discovered among their luggage at Luton airport, said Aftab Jafferjee, prosecuting. He alleged that the true significance of the letter became more apparent when police found instructions on how to make missiles on Nassari's hard drive.
Mr Jafferjee said: "It is the prosecution case that they are not merely radicalised Muslims, but that Nassari was going to engage in what he and others like him would call a jihad - but what the law describes as terrorism. He held both the ideology and the technology with which that could be achieved. His wife was not only aware of his intention, but positively encouraged it - despite the fact that his actions would almost certainly result in his death in some form of combat and would also result in their son being without a father."
El Hor denies failing to disclose information on terrorism while Nassari denies two charges of having documents and computer data for terrorism.
The couple, from Ealing, west London, married in London in March 2005 and had a five-month-old son when they were arrested in May, last year.
El Hor - who appeared in the dock in a black hijab, or traditional headscarf - was Dutch while Nassari was born in London.
The moment has come that you and I have to separate for the sake of Allah. I am so proud of my husband. I am happy that Allah has granted you the chance to be a martyr. I am writing to let you know that you have my support and to remind you to be strong and do not let Satan influence you... to remind you that jihad is now compulsory and we are now obligated to protect Islam, to help our brothers and sisters to fight the kuffar [non-believer]. I really wish I could go with you because I too feel obligated. I'd like to participate in any way I can. Everything happens with the will of Allah. Maybe one day I can follow you. If I can't, I will send our son to you so he can follow his father's footsteps."
El Hor had returned to Holland to have her baby and was joined by her husband, who had been teaching in Syria, at the end of April, last year.
They arrived in the UK on an Easyjet flight from Amsterdam on May 13 last year with a "mass of luggage", including computer equipment. After it was searched, documents including two letters, were photocopied before the couple were allowed to leave, the court was told. The hard drive was examined by police and contained terrorist material.
"It was material to do with the construction of missiles and the handling of those and other explosives such as land mines," added Mr Jafferjee.
Artists impression of the happy family in the dock (photography is forbidden inside the courtrooms of England and Wales, and I believe Scotland and Northern Ireland) from This is London.