Expert: Man got ricin idea from watching TV

2015-07-23 22:10


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London - A psychologist says a British software programmer who tried to buy ricin over the internet got the idea from watching Breaking Bad.

Mohammed Ali allegedly contacted a US seller about buying 500mg of the poison for $500. The contact was an undercover FBI agent, and Ali was arrested in February after he was sent a toy car containing a harmless powder that purported to be ricin.

The 31-year-old Ali denies attempting to possess a chemical weapon. Psychologist Alison Beck told a London jury on Thursday that the idea of obtaining ricin "was implanted in his brain having watched the series Breaking Bad".

In the TV show, drug lord Walter White kills a rival with ricin-laced tea.

Prosecutors say police have found no evidence suggesting Ali was associated with terrorism.

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