Terrorist’s claims of ‘systemic’ racism at Durham jail

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A TERRORIST jailed for life over a plot to behead a British soldier has defended a man accused of trying to kill prison officers with a broken pepper sauce bottle.

 Parviz Khan, who was part of a terrorist cell that planned to murder a serving British muslim, gave evidence at Newcastle Crown Court in the trial of Kevan Thakrar.

 Thakrar is accused of trying to murder two prison officers and seriously wounding another at Frankland prison in Durham in March.

 The 24-year-old, who is serving a sentence for three murders, denies the attempted murder of two officers and wounding another with intent.

 Thakrar, who is said to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of his “prison experiences”, claims he lashed out at the guards because he feared they were about to attack or kill him.

 Muslim Khan was called to court as a defence witness yesterday where he backed up Thakrar’s claims of racism by prison guards.

 Khan told jurors: “I personally suffered from racism at Frankland, from officers.

 “I thought it was systemic, however, there were officers I felt were very fair and very helpful but they were few and far between.”

 Khan was jailed for life at Leicester Crown Court in February 2008 after being convicted of terrorism offences.

 The trial continues.