21/7 Accused 'is Absolute Liar'
Quote:A defendant has been described as an "absolute liar" during heated exchanges in the 21 July bomb plot trial.
Yassin Omar, who set off a device on a Tube train at Warren Street on 21 July 2005, has claimed it was a hoax aimed at highlighting grievances about Iraq.
Nigel Sweeney QC, prosecuting, said Mr Omar was an "absolute liar" who had fabricated his story since the event.
Mr Omar and five other men all deny conspiracy to murder and to cause explosions on London public transport.
The trial at Woolwich Crown Court has heard in Mr Omar's defence that between March and July 2005, he and Muktar Said Ibrahim had planned to make real explosives which would be left unattended somewhere in London as part of a protest, but would not detonate.
They say they came up with a second plan after the London bombings on 7 July 2005, which was to set off a hoax device made primarily from hydrogen peroxide.
But cross-examining him, Mr Sweeney asked Mr Omar why he had not mentioned "plan one or plan two" in his defence outline statement.
Mr Omar replied: "I didn't think you had to put every single thing in it"
He was also asked why he had not mentioned diluting hydrogen peroxide to turn it into a non-lethal mixture.
Mr Omar admitted he was "disorganised" and blamed his inadequacy in the English language, adding "it was an innocent mistake".
Mr Sweeney said: "Yours is an absolutely lying defence which you have tried to hide for as long as you can."
Mr Omar replied "No, it's true. I'm a person who is disorganised... I didn't lie. I tried to give as much as possible and that is what I did."
Earlier, he was asked about a video tape found by police in his flat in north London.
Excerpts of the video were shown to the court. It included recordings of a Channel 4 documentary about the crusades, and footage from BBC News 24 spliced with Muslim extremist clips.
Among the clips were images of Western hostages being beheaded and images mocking US President George W Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Mr Omar said he had been given the tape by a friend who has been referred to during the trial as Witness Bexhill.
He claimed he had never watched it, but admitted it was him who had video recorded the crusades documentary.
Mr Sweeney asked Mr Omar to explain why the tape had News 24 footage from 7 July on it when he claimed not to have seen Bexhill since April.
Mr Omar suggested he had used the tape to record without having seen any of the extremist clips on it.
Mr Sweeney suggested that Mr Omar had deliberately preserved the extremist clips and pointed out that the News 24 footage followed on directly from one the clips, which he denied.
Mr Omar, from New Southgate, north London, and Mr Ibrahim, 29, from Stoke Newington, north London are in the dock with Ramzi Mohammed, 25, of North Kensington, west London, Hussain Osman, 28, of no fixed address, Adel Yahya, 24, of High Road, Tottenham, north London, and Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 34, of no fixed address.
The trial continues.
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