A man on trial for terrorism offenses discussed the live broadcast of “an incident” and said he wanted Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon “to die” in a pro-fascist online forum, a court has heard.
Sam Imrie has been accused of posting statements on the Telegram social media platform suggesting he was going to carry out an attack on the Fife Islamic Center in Glenrothes, Fife.
The 24-year-old has also been accused of planning to broadcast live footage of “an incident”.
Testifying before the High Court in Edinburgh on Tuesday, Detective Agent Jonathan Leitch, who works in the fight against terrorism, discussed messages allegedly posted by the accused on a Telegram channel called “Fashwaveartists”.
In a series of messages in July 2019, Imrie reportedly wrote, “I just want them all to die. I just want my people to live free.
“I don’t give a shit about who I have to kill to make this happen. I will meet them at the door with closed fists, ready to fight.
“I’m sick of being nice, I want to bomb the whole Middle East and all of Africa. F *** whatever you do ******.
“I want to broadcast it but I don’t want to get caught either. I think I’ll stream it anyway. We will kill the invaders.
Imrie is also said to have denounced the SNP over its immigration policy.
“The SNP party wants millions of Muslims to come in, so obviously I want Sturgeon to die,” he reportedly wrote.
The court heard that on July 4, 2019, the accused posted a series of images and videos from the Islamic Center in Fife, a green gasoline canister and a fire in a building of the online group.
He reportedly started the messages with the words, “Sorry, we can’t be friends, it’s time to get up.”
Imrie had previously been accused by other members of the group of being a “federal” or a “cop” and was warned not to discuss his plans on the app.
At 4:15 p.m., he posted two photos, one of a green gasoline can in the passenger seat of a car, another of the Islamic Center in Fife, the court heard.
Seeing the footage, DC Leitch told the court: “I would assess this to be the Islamic center of Fife. “
Imrie’s posts continued: “Animals have their windows barred like a zoo. I’m heading to location 2. Updates in about 15 minutes (sic).
He followed up by saying, “We are going to kill all the n ******”.
In total, the accused posted five videos of the center, the last appearing to show a fire breaking out outside the building.
Imrie posted: “I just crashed a car recording this, almost there. Too late to go back we’ll kill them all.
Other messages allegedly published by the accused at the time said: “Dirty c **** get out of my homeland”; “The trees and bushes should continue to burn, I’m driving home”; and “We’re going to kill every shit skin”.
When another user asked what the video showed, the court heard he replied, “This is the Islamic center next to the woods, backlogged. I’m going to jail.
The accused had previously been warned by other users not to discuss the matter in the group.
He replied, “There is no going back. Is there a chance I’m actually getting away with it?
Other users appeared to try to talk him out of it.
One of them said, “Throwing away your life doesn’t make you a martyr, especially when you throw it away on a whim.
“Targeting innocent people at this point will only hurt the rest of us.”
Imrie reportedly replied, “No invader is innocent.
“F *** it, why wait? In theory, if I were to broadcast something cool live, where should I do it?”
The court then showed CCTV footage taken from the Islamic Center on the same day Imrie posted the videos to the Telegram app.
The CCTV footage was then juxtaposed with Telegram videos.
In the pictures we can see a blue Ford Fiesta with the NK53 FPG license plate, with a green gas can in the passenger seat.
A man can also be seen, described by Leitch as wearing gray sneakers, dark pants, a navy hoodie with a T-shirt underneath and a dark baseball cap. He can be seen walking along the building with a phone.
DC Leitch told the court that the CCTV footage appears to match the videos uploaded to Telegram.
In cross-examination, defense lawyer Jim Keegan QC told the court that what was happening in the footage was “a ruse”.
“He was joking that he was going to commit a crime on Telegram, that’s what was happening,” he said.
DC Leitch replied, “It’s your interpretation.”
Mr. Keegan continued, “If he had wanted to set the place on fire, he could have poured gasoline on the door and set it on fire. Is he doing something with the can?
DC Leitch agreed he didn’t.
Defense said the location of the fire seen in Telegram footage is an abandoned building nearby.
He said Imrie made Telegram group users feel that the fire was started in a mosque or Islamic center, but it was not.
“It was just a scam, carried out on Telegram, to make these people believe that he was some kind of Nazi arsonist,” Keegan said.
He noted that members of the Telegram group did not appear to support the actions of the accused.
DC Leitch said: “They thought he was someone trying to get them into trouble.”
Among other charges, Imrie is accused of being in possession of neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material, extreme pornography, including indecent images of children, and an image involving a human corpse.
He is also charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol in July 2019.
He denies the nine charges against him, three of which fall under the Terrorism Act.
The trial, before Lord Mulholland, continues.