London bomber's video farewell
ITN – April 24, 2008
A farewell home video message that the ringleader of the London terror bombings made for his baby daughter has been shown to a jury.
Mohammed Siddique Khan can be seen sitting on a bed at his wife's family home, cradling his daughter and softly telling her what he is doing is "for the sake of Islam".
The video was played to Kingston Crown Court where three men are standing trial accused of helping plan the 2005 attacks on the London transport network.
In the farewell message which was recorded on November 16 2004, he says: "Sweetheart, not long to go now. And I'm going to really, really miss you a lot. I'm thinking about it already. Look, I absolutely love you to bits and you have been the happiest thing in my life. You and your mum, absolutely brilliant.
"I don't know what else to say. I just wish I could have been part of your life, especially these growing up - these next months, they're really special with you learning to walk and things.
"I just so much wanted to be with you but I have to do this thing for our future and it will be for the best, inshallah, in the long run. That's the most important thing."
In another clip the Edgware Road bomber is seen introducing his daughter to her "uncles" - fellow bombers Shezhad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain and defendant Waheed Ali.
Ali, 24, from Tower Hamlets, east London is standing trial with two other men Mohammed Shakil, 31, and Sadeer Saleem, 27, both from Beeston, Leeds, accused of conspiring with July 7 bombers Khan, Tanweer, Hussain and Jermaine Lindsay and others. They deny the charges.
All three are alleged to have carried out a two-day reconnaissance mission in the capital on December 16 and 17 2004 with bombers Hussain and Lindsay where they visited the Natural History Museum, the London Eye and the London Aquarium.
Comment – April 24, 2008
It’s odd that a man who is about to launch a suicide attack should talk about “our future”. After all would he talk about "our future" if he knew he was about to embark on a mission from which he would never return?
Admittedly this is only a partial transcript but given that there a many other inconsistencies in the 7/7 bombings it shouldn’t necessarily be dismissed as a grammatical error.
Last updated 26/04/2008