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Tue 29 Mar 2016 12:02 PM

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Husband of Reem Island Ghost 'denies terror charges'

25-year-old Emirati says his wife, not him, visited websites that taught how to make home-made bombs

Husband of Reem Island Ghost 'denies terror charges'
Alaa Al Hashemi, dubbed the Reem Ghost, was caught on CCTV after stabbing teacher Ibolya Ryan.

The husband of the woman executed last year for killing an American teacher in Abu Dhabi has reportedly refuted claims made in court that he watched online tutorials to learn how to make home-made bombs.

The 25-year-old Emirati, described only as M A H, is on trial at the UAE’s Federal Supreme Court for seven terror-related offences, including plans to bomb Yas Marina Circuit and the Abu Dhabi Ikea and assassinate one of the UAE’s leaders.

Earlier this month prosecutors alleged he trawled the internet to find out how to make bombs using chemicals such as Clorox, aluminium and gunpowder.

But, this week, he told the court it was his wife, not him, who used their computer to explore terrorism websites, The National reported.

His wife, Alaa Al Hashemi, who was known as the ‘Reem Island Ghost’, was executed last year for murdering mother of three Ibolya Ryan in a toilet in Reem Island Mall in 2014.

M A H told the court she was active on extremist forums. According to the report he told the judge: “I only used my work’s email address. I do not have any other email accounts or social media accounts.”

And his lawyer insisted his client had no interest in terrorism. “He holds a championship in body building, is married and has six children and built a house that cost him nearly Dh4 million with an indoor pool.

“He enrolled his sons in private schools and completed his studies after hours while working in the Government for 11 years.”

The lawyer also refuted claims that ingredients to make home-made bombs were found in the couple’s house.  “The chemicals seized in his home were inert materials that cannot be used in the manufacture of explosives even if mixed with other materials,” he was quoted as saying.

The court will deliver its verdict on May 9, according to reports.

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