A HOME video in which the ringleader of the July 7 bombings, Mohammed Siddique Khan, says goodbye to his daughter has been shown at the trial of two men accused of helping to plan the attacks.
The footage, shot while Khan is sitting on a bed at his wife’s family home, includes the Edgware Road bomber cradling his young daughter and softly telling her what he is doing is “for the sake of Islam”.
The video was played to Kingston Crown Court in Surrey where three men, including Mohammed Shakil, 31, and Sadeer Saleem, 27, both from Beeston, south Leeds, are on trial accused of helping to plan the 2005 attacks on the London transport network.
It was shot two days before Khan, of Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, flew to Pakistan in November, 2004. The jury was told it was a “farewell” before he left to “fight jihad”.
In fact there was a change of plan during the trip and Khan returned to the UK, where he masterminded the July 7 attacks which killed 52 people, the court was told.
In another clip, shot in October, 2004, Khan is seen introducing his daughter to her “uncles”, fellow bombers Shezhad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain and defendant Waheed Ali.
The farewell message – which was recorded on November 16, 2004 – shows Khan holding his daughter and gently kissing her head.
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.’’
Shakil, Saleem and Ali, 24, from Tower Hamlets, east London are standing trial accused of conspiring with Khan, Tanweer, Hussain and Jermaine Lindsay and others unknown to cause explosions.
Lindsay was a former Rawthorpe High School student who converted to Islam.
All three are alleged to have carried out a two-day reconnaissance mission in London with Hussain and Lindsay.
They visited the Natural History Museum, the London Eye and the London Aquarium.
The defendants deny the charge. The case continues.