A court has heard that a man accused of terrorism offenses had three copies of a livestream of a 2019 mass shooting in New Zealand.
Sam Emery’s iPhone, 24, also had several photos glorifying shooter Brenton Tarrant, with words like “Saint Tarrant” and “Hell Tarrant”.
White supremacist Tarrant was sentenced to life without parole in August last year after shootings at two mosques killed 51 people and injured 40 others.
Detective Constable Murray Cairns of the Edinburgh Organized Crime and Counter-Terrorism Unit, giving evidence on Wednesday, described the footage of the attack as “horrific”.
He told the court: [Tarrant] Did a filming session of Attack. He first livestreamed it, which was copied and then went on the internet at large. “
When asked about the video, he said, “It’s terrifying. It starts with driving, playing music before reaching the Islamic center.
“You see him taking weapons from his car, going to the Islamic center, you can see people walking towards him and he starts hitting them. You see him going from room to room Let’s see, going back to our vehicle.
“It’s graphic, you see him deciding when to fire and when not to fire.”
Mr Imri has been accused of posting statements on the social media platform Telegram that suggested he was going to attack the Fife Islamic Center in Glenroths, Fife.
The 24-year-old has also been accused of planning to stream live footage of “an incident”.
DC Cairns told the High Court in Edinburgh that they had obtained the files from the accused’s phone on 31 July 2019.
The court was also shown photographs from the accused’s Facebook page. The cover photo of his profile in court was described as that of Adolf Hitler, standing in front of a microphone and addressing the crowd.
His biography read: “Seeing Muslims suffering” and several symbols associated with “far-right Nazism” were also on the page.
DC Cairns said a post saying “1488” can be explained in two parts.
Number 14 related to a sentence in the book Mein Kampf, written by Adolf Hitler, which he told the court said something along the lines of “we must assure the future for our people and the future of white children”.
He said it was associated with “modern neo-Nazi movements”.
The number 88, he said, could be read as “HH” or “Heil Hitler”, with the numbers “transferred to letters”.
Among other charges, Imri is accused of being in possession of neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material, extreme pornography including pornographic images of children, and an image containing a human corpse.
He is also accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in July 2019.
He denies all nine charges against him, three of which fall under the Terrorism Act.
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