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Tue 15 Mar 2016 01:46 PM

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Husband of 'Reem Island ghost' on trial for alleged terror offences

25-year-old Emirati was reportedly plotting to bomb Yas Marina and assassinate member of the royal family

Husband of 'Reem Island ghost' on trial for alleged terror offences
Alaa Al Hashemi, dubbed the Reem Ghost, was caught on CCTV after stabbing teacher Ibolya Ryan.

The husband of the Reem Island killer who was executed last year for murdering a teacher in Abu Dhabi, watched online tutorials to learn how to make home-made bombs, local media reported.

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.

On Monday his case was been adjourned until March 28 while defence lawyers prepare their case.

M A H’s late wife Alaa Al Hashemi was executed last year for killing US teacher and mother of three, Ibolya Ryan, in a toilet on Reem Island in 2014.

He allegedly explored the internet to find out how to make bombs using chemicals such as Clorox, aluminium and gunpowder, The National reported on Tuesday.

Prosecutors were quoted as saying: “The accused purchased 30 butane gas containers of various sizes with intent to create explosives and commit acts of terror in the country to instil fear.”

“He also bought instant coolpacks from pharmacies and extracted the nitrates inside and mixed it with aluminium to see how fast they would become flammable.”

The court also heard that M A H was desperate to join ISIL. He reportedly made an online video of himself and his wife pledging allegiance to the terror group and sent AED80,000 ($21,780) to Al Qaeda, too.

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