UK tries to buy ricin from FBI agent

2015-07-21 18:06

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London - Prosecutors say a British software engineer tried to buy enough ricin over the internet to kill hundreds of people, and planned to test it by killing a small animal.

Mohammed Ali allegedly contacted a seller in the US about buying 500mg of the poison for $500. The contact, who used the names Dark Mart and Psychochem, was an undercover FBI agent.

Ali was sent a toy car containing a harmless powder that he believed was ricin.

Police found a list on his computer with entries including "paid ricin guy" and "get pet to murder".

Ali denies attempting to possess a chemical weapon.

Prosecutor Sally Howes told jurors at London's Central Criminal Court on Tuesday that police found no evidence suggesting Ali was associated with terrorist activities or organisations.

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