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Man who urged Brown, Blair deaths admits terror charges

A man accused of calling for the deaths of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair who also claimed to be the head of “Al-Qaeda in Britain” admitted a series of offences under anti-terrorism laws Monday.

Ishaq Kanmi, 23, who called for the deaths on a jihadist website, was arrested at Manchester airport in northwest England en route to Helsinki in 2008, carrying violent extremist material which it is thought he meant to distribute.

At Manchester Crown Court he admitted professing to belong to Al-Qaeda and inviting support for the group, whose leader is Osama Bin Laden.

He also pleaded guilty to collecting or making a record of information likely to be useful to a terrorist and three counts of disseminating terrorist publications.

Kamni, of Blackburn, northwest England, denied soliciting to murder prime minister Brown and former premier Blair.

But these offences will lie on file, meaning there is sufficient evidence but it is not in the public interest to have a trial.

His lawyer Joel Bennathan said Kamni was “a very young, damaged man who is a million miles away from Abu Hamza”, the hook-handed cleric seen as a figurehead for extremist Islam in Britain.

Psychiatric and psychological reports on Kanmi are being prepared and he will be sentenced on a date to be announced.