Court told of bomb tips in ‘anarchist cookbook’

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A PORTSMOUTH man made thousands of pounds selling a terrorist handbook that contained bomb-making information, a court has been told.

Terence Brown, 47, sold copies of a collection of documents known as The Anarchist Cookbook over the internet, Winchester Crown Court heard.

It is alleged that he sold more than 2,000 copies of the book on computer CDs, at a price of $35 (about £22) for two, to people in at least 32 countries around the world.

The prosecution alleges that the ‘cookbook’ contained information gathered from Al Qaeda and Mujahideen sources, collated to form a guide that could have been useful to terrorists.

Brown, of Whitworth Road, Copnor, denies seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism.

He is also charged with two charges of dissemination of a terrorist publication and another count of transferring criminal property.

He made thousands of pounds by producing and selling the CDs, the prosecution alleges.

Prosecutor Parmjit Cheema, said: ‘The defendant is a man who made money by producing and selling computer discs all over the world from his home in Hampshire.

‘The discs contain a various collection of material downloaded from the internet of which substantial parts could be of practical use for anyone planning on committing a terrorist act.

‘Parliament has made it illegal for anyone to make such a collection.

‘You have to consider whether the material that he put together would be of use to terrorists.

‘The range of people who will have a reasonable excuse for collecting that type of material will be very narrow.’

Members of the jury were shown copies of the disc that Brown had produced and then sold from his home.

Jurors saw how the disc produced a warning that the contents were ‘for educational purposes only’ when inserted into a computer.

The CD contained information about how to make explosives such as letter bombs, and details of what would be needed to make them.

Jurors were told: ‘You have to decide if he has a reasonable excuse for what he did.

‘Parliament has the interest of the UK at heart.

‘He had been doing this for many years, putting out different variations of his Anarchist Cookbook.

‘The fact is in this case that although the defendant doesn’t appear to have any terrorist involvement himself, he took very little care of the complete distribution of this disc.

‘He wanted to make money.’

The trial is expected to last three weeks.