Four planned to video beheading of soldier

    Four men pleaded guilty in plotting to kidnap and murder a Muslim member of the British armed forces and to supply equipment to terrorists, a court heard. Parviz Khan, 37, hatched the plot to kidnap and murder the soldier and take part in the sending of equipment to terrorists operating in Pakistan on the Afghan border, Leicester Crown Court was told. Basiru Gassama, 30, admitted knowing about the plot but not telling anyone about it. Mohammed Irfan, 31, and Hamid Elasmar, 44, pleaded guilty to helping Khan supply the equipment. Amjad Mahmood, 32, denies knowing about Khan’s plot but failing to disclose the information. Zahoor Iqbal, 30, denies possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a terrorist, namely a computer disc called Encyclopaedia Jihad. Both men have also pleaded not guilty to helping Khan to supply equipment to terrorists in Pakistan.

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