More proof that it is the writings of Franz Kafka ("The Trial") and Jaroslav Hasek ("The Good Soldier Schweik") which throw as much light on the insane "Climate of Fear" police state "jobsworth" bureaucracy in the United Kingdom as do the writings of George Orwell.
It is astonishing that the agent provocateur activities of the News of the World's "fake sheikh" Mazher Mahmood can lead to people facing trial at the Old Bailey for an alleged plot to buy a mythical substance called "Red Mercury" !
The BBC reports
Terror accused 'in mercury sting'
Three men tried to procure a dangerous chemical which could have been used by terrorists without realising they were being set up, the Old Bailey has heard.
They did not know the man they were negotiating with over the red mercury was a News of the World journalist.
Jurors heard Mazher Mahmood, alias the "fake sheikh", was working with police.
Mazher Mahmood employers were the cause of recent controversy in the UK blogosphere for the failed attempts to censor an alleged photo of him.
Dominic Martins, Roque Fernandes and Abdurahman Kanyare deny conspiring to possess the chemical and conspiracy to provide funds for terrorism.
These people (two of them are originally from Goa in India, but with with Portuguese nationality) , have been held in Belmarsh high security prison since their arrest in
Why has this case taken so long to come to court ?
Prosecutor Mark Ellison went into detail about the red mercury which he said was believed to be a material which could cause a large explosion, possibly even a nuclear reaction.
He told the court there were different descriptions of the substance described as red mercury. But he added: "The Crown's position is that whether red mercury does or does not exist is irrelevant."
This is utterly preposterous !
Mazher Mahmood and whoever sanctioned the undercover Police operation should be prosecuted under the draconian "thought crime " Anti-terrorism , Crime and Security Act 2001 Section 114 Hoaxes involving noxious substances or things:
2) A person is guilty of an offence if he communicates any information which he knows or believes to be false with the intention of inducing in a person anywhere in the world a belief that a noxious substance or other noxious thing is likely to be present (whether at the time the information is communicated or later) in any place and thereby endanger human life or create a serious risk to human health.
and should be facing up to 7 years in prison !
The three defendants had hit upon a meaning for it as a substance which was highly dangerous and expensive, and they pursued it, he said.
Mr Ellison told the court that banker Mr Martins and bank security guard Mr Fernandes joined forces to locate a source of the substance for Mr Kanyare, who was described as a Muslim buyer from the Middle East.
He said: "Each of them knew that the intended customer wanted the substance for use in terrorism."
He added: "Each was aware that not only would the substance be changing hands for hundreds of thousands of pounds, but also that it was a highly dangerous, radioactive, explosive or toxic substance - the sort of thing being sought for use in acts of terrorism."
Mr Ellison said Mr Mahmood was introduced to the men as being someone who had red mercury to sell.
He was later joined by undercover police who met Mr Kanyare, an international dealer who was said to have a contact in the Gulf who wanted to buy the substance.
Mr Kanyare allegedly told Mr Mahmood that he would "travel anywhere in Western Europe" to test the substance and his buyer would then pay cash for it.
But he was apparently unimpressed by the sellers and allegedly told Mr Martins he thought he was dealing "with a bunch of con men", the court heard.
The final meeting, set up by Mr Mahmood, was at the Holiday Inn in Brent Cross, north London, where the defendants were arrested.
The sting began after Mr Mahmood was contacted by Mr Martins' former brother-in-law, known as Mr B, who had turned to his newspaper after being disappointed with the response he received after reporting Mr Martins to police, said Mr Ellison.
Mr Ellison accepted there was controversy about Mr Mahmood's methods and said that the defence could well try to claim that the defendants were the victims of entrapment.
Why was this prosecution even considered ?
He said the defendants may have become involved in the scheme because of the prospect of making money but that they all knew that terrorists would be interested.
Mr Martins told police after his arrest: "I am just a go-between. The guy phoned me and asked if I knew anyone who could get red mercury. I tried to arrange it because I am in so much debt."
Mr Ellison said Mr Martins and Mr Fernandes had £10,000 worth of debts and had tried various schemes to try to make money.
So this arrest and prosecution did not supress a source of terrorist finance either !
Mr Fernandes, 44 and Mr Kanyare, 53, both of Edgware, north-west London, and Dominic Martins, 45, of Stanmore, north-west London, pleaded not guilty to two charges of trying to set up funding or property for terrorism.
They also denied one charge of having an article "a highly dangerous mercury based substance" for terrorism.
Where is the connection with any known or alleged terrorists at all ?
How can you be accused of buying a non-existant substance ?
This case is reminiscent of the non-existant Russian Igla man portable surface to air missile entrapment plot which at least involved a non-fictional weapon. See our previous blog posting: