A Birmingham man accused of being a key figure in an airline bomb plot wanted to wage a global jihad, jurors have heard.
Prosecutors said a series of mid-air explosions on passenger jets were only part of Mohammed Gulzar’s terrorist plans.
Peter Wright QC said the 26-year-old’s account of his actions while under police surveillance in 2006 were “entirely a fraud”.
He accused Gulzar of being an “international terrorist” who was radicalised while on the run from British police in Pakistan.
Cross-examining Gulzar for the first time at Woolwich Crown Court, Mr Wright said he was a “man who lives a lie”.
In a heated exchange, the prosecutor said: “You are an international terrorist aren’t you?”
Gulzar replied: “You are very wrong, I am no international terrorist.”
Gulzar is one of eight men on trial accused of conspiring to murder thousands by detonating home-made liquid bombs on aircraft.
They deny the charges.
He was born and brought up in Birmingham and now lives in London.
Prosecutors haver claimed in opening remarks that he is a shadowy key figure who flew into Britain as the plot neared its murderous conclusion.
They allege he met up with co-defendants Abdulla Ahmed Ali and Assad Sarwar soon after arriving.
The jury has heard how Gulzar, who arrived on a false passport with a wife he met at Islamabad airport, was already wanted by police over other matters.
The jury heard how Gulzar initially told police his name was Atlaf Ravat, after his arrest on August 10 2006.
The court heard he had only told his wife, Zora Siddique, his real name hours before meeting her family in east London days earlier.
The trial was adjourned until Monday.