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Three convicted terrorists in court over alleged attack on prison officer

Three convicted terrorists allegedly attacked a prison officer so badly he was left with listening to issues, a court has heard.

In May final year, Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber, and Ahmed Hassan, the Parsons Green bomber, allegedly attacked prison officer Paul Edwards once they had been out of their cells in HMP Belmarsh. 

A 3rd confederate, Muhammed Saeed, was additionally concerned, Westminster Magistrates’ heard on Wednesday. 

Hassan, Abedi and Saeed are all charged with precise bodily hurt, with Abedi additionally charged individually with assault of an emergency employee.

Saeed, who final year pleaded responsible to 5 counts of possessing terrorist materials, advised the deputy chief Justice of the Peace that he indicated a plea of not responsible to the prison assault cost.

Mel Kelemework, defending, mentioned: “I have received instructions that Mr Saeed says he did not assault the officer.”

Saeed, 23, appeared over video hyperlink from the utmost safety prison, Whitemoor, in Cambridgeshire. 

But Hassan, 21, and Abedi, 23, refused to depart their cells to answer the fees as a result of they believed they had been showing on Thursday, the court heard. 

Nicholas Alexander, prosecuting, mentioned: “They are unrepresented. It’s quite clear the defendants have indicated they do not wish to attend. They are unwilling to leave their cells.”

District Judge Tan Ikram mentioned: “I’ll record this matter once more at 12pm, noon, tomorrow.

“I’ll give them the advantage of the doubt that technically they weren’t because of attend as we speak and that they had been because of attend tomorrow.

“If there may be ambiguity in their minds, they have to seem at 12pm tomorrow.

“If they do not, it is highly likely that I will direct the use of force.”

In 2017, Hassan’s do-it-yourself bomb that he hid inside a Lidl bag partially exploded on a London Underground prepare in Parsons Green, west London, injuring 51 folks. He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimal jail time period of 34 years.

Abedi was jailed for 55 years for his half in the plot to set off a bomb on the 2017 live performance of Ariana Grande in Manchester, which led to the deaths of twenty-two victims together with seven youngsters, in addition to injuring tons of folks.

Saeed, who denies ABH, will subsequent seem at Woolwich Crown Court on May 5.

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