A jury has retired to consider its verdict on a Syrian man living in Birmingham accused of attempting to make bombs for terrorist attacks.
Hassan Tabbakh, 38, is alleged to have been trying to create improvised explosive devices when he was arrested in December last year.
Tabbakh, of Camelot Way, Small Heath, denies a charge of preparing for terrorist acts by obtaining chemicals and retaining a document with instructions for making a bomb. A trial at Birmingham Crown Court has been told police found three bottles of liquid chemicals with hand-written notes in the flat of Tabbakh, who claims he was making fireworks for a religious festival. Opening the trial, prosecutor Max Hill QC said the Crown’s case was that the defendant was caught in the process of a practical attempt to create improvised explosive devices.