No terrorist would use my product, accused tells jury

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A MAN accused of making a terrorists’ handbook told a court he never believed anyone would take advantage of his product.

Terence Brown, 47, is alleged to have made The Anarchist Cookbook using information gathered by the Al Qaeda Training Manual and the Mujahideen Poisons Handbook, between 2002 and 2008.

Addressing a jury at Winchester Crown Court yesterday, Brown admitted that he was in debt and his motivation to make the book – published on CDs – was purely financial.

He said: ‘I never thought any terrorists would come and use my product or my website.

‘A terrorist wouldn’t trust me or my website. They don’t know me.’

Brown was also asked about the London bombings in 2005, describing his reaction as ‘disbelief’.

He said he didn’t make any connection with 7/7 and The Anarchist Cookbook.

He said: ‘I was at home. The TV was on. I probably wasn’t paying too much attention and then I saw that it was a news report. I was shocked and horrified.’

In the days following the attacks he admitted he was concerned about his business.

He said: ‘It was almost certain there was going to be a backlash and there was going to be something happening because of that.

‘I couldn’t predict what the new legislation would be but I suspected it could affect my business.

‘I thought it would probably prevent me from selling it.’

The court heard how Brown produced a limited edition of The Anarchist Cookbook.

Brown, of Whitworth Road in Copnor, faces 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.

Joel Bennathan QC, defending, told the jury that giving out personal information over the internet to buy the CDs would be too risky for terrorists.

‘We say it’s absurd to suggest that someone interested in doing that would go to the lengths the police had to in this case,’ he said.

‘No terrorist would ever do that. No terrorists want to be arrested. That’s why we suggest that Terence Brown was doing something that no terrorist would ever take advantage of. He knows a bit about computers and he wanted to make money.’

Brown denies the charges.