Scotsman accused of terrorist plan told cops he was ‘white nationalist’ but only ‘pretending’ he burned down mosque
A Scotsman accused of planning a terrorist attack told cops he was a “white nationalist” but only “pretended” that he was going to burn down a drunken mosque.
Sam Imrie, 24, is accused of plotting terrorist acts and hinting online that he was planning to attack the Islamic center in Fife.
A tape of detectives interviewing Imrie after his arrest was released to the Edinburgh High Court jury on Wednesday.
Agents referred to images posted by Imrie of the Glenrothes center on the Telegram instant messaging service and asked why he was there.
Imrie replied, “To pretend I was going to burn him.”
A detective asked if Imrie intended to set the building on fire and the accused replied, “No. Pretend to be.
Imrie admitted to starting a fire at the “main entrance” of an abandoned building after “pouring gasoline on”. He added that he had bought the gasoline can “a few weeks ago”.
Imrie told cops during the interview, which was recorded on July 7, 2019 in the presence of an appropriate adult, that he was “exhausted” at the time after drinking beer and Mad Dog. / 20.
Officers also referred to Imrie’s Telegram message saying he wanted “Sturgeon to die”, asking him, “Do you want to kill Nicola Sturgeon?”
Imrie replied, “No. I just don’t want the SNP to be the most popular party.
Earlier, a detective had asked him, “Do you consider yourself a white nationalist?”
Imrie replied, “Yes.”
He was then asked if he “wishes ill people of color” and replied “no”.
Imrie said he posted on a Telegram channel called “Fashwaveartists” while at the Islamic Center in Fife.
The detectives asked if it had “anything to do with fascism” and he said “yes”.
Imrie was asked if this was a “far-right nationalist group” and he replied, “I thought it was until they started calling me an idiot.
When asked if he joined the channel because of the art shared by users or “his beliefs”, Imrie replied: “Both”.
Imrie admitted that he had expressed “anti-Muslim views” and said he had “a lot of knives”.
But he later told the cops that he “didn’t hate anyone,” that he expressed far-right views on Telegram as being “pissed off” and that he was attracted to the Nazis because he liked them ” aesthetic”.
Imrie admitted to having swastikas on her bedroom wall and the number ‘1488’, explaining that ’14’ referred to a far-right saying while ’88’ was linked to ‘H’ – the eighth letter of alphabet – and referred to ‘Heil Hitler’.
Previously, the court had shown a “video comparison” of footage filmed by Imrie and the mass shooter from the Christchurch mosques.
The jury heard how terrorist Brenton Tarrant had “broadcast live” committing the 2019 massacres in New Zealand.
Detective Constable Murray Cairns, who was working with the Scottish Police Counter-Terrorism Unit during Imrie’s arrest, said three copies of the video were found on the accused’s iPhone.
The court saw six minutes and 29 seconds of “first person” footage broadcast by Tarrant as he walked towards a mosque with a car full of guns.
DC Cairns described how the killer played “far-right Chetnik music” in the vehicle which had “anti-Islamic overtones”.
The footage was stopped in court as Tarrant reached the entrance gates of the mosque. DC Cairns, who had viewed the full video, said it then showed Tarrant entering the building and shooting people.
The officer described the scenes as “quite gruesome” with “bodies injured, dying or dead”.
Deputy lawyer Lisa Gillespie QC then requested a “video comparison” of a clip recorded by Imrie driving his Ford Fiesta after driving to the Islamic Center in Fife.
When asked about the similarities he saw, DC Cairns said it was a “similar bodycam-type” video of a driver driving while “regimental pipe music played”.
The jury then saw the two videos shown on the screen at the same time.
Defense lawyer Jim Keegan QC, cross-examined, said the witness was asked to compare a person about to set fire to a “dilapidated building somewhere in Fife” and someone “committing an atrocity of ‘an unspeakable quantity’.
Imrie, who denies all nine charges against him, is accused of posting or instigating another person to post statements, images and video footage on Facebook and Telegram glorifying terrorist acts by terrorists Brenton Tarrant and Anders Breivik .
He is accused of posting statements on Telegram stating that he was planning to broadcast live footage of “an incident” and of issuing statements suggesting he was going to carry out an attack on the Islamic center in Fife.
Prosecutors allege that Imrie collected information that could be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism between June 20 and July 4, 2019.
The trial continues.