London judge Judge Peter Openshaw is overseeing the trial of Younes Tsouli, Waseem Mughal, and Tariq al-Daour, who are facing the charges under Britain’s Terrorism Act. The judge had to interrupt the questioning of a witness to receive clarification on a point being made by saying, “The trouble is I don’t understand the language. I don’t really understand what a Web site is“.
Prosecutor Mark Ellison then proceeded to explain terms such as web site and forum and how they are used by terrorists to communicate to which the judge responded, “I haven’t quite grasped the concepts“.
On being informed that the testimony the next day included examination of a computer expert Judge Openshaw queried. “Will you ask him to keep it simple, we’ve got to start from basics“.