Man in court over Leith and Muirhouse explosives

Faris Al-Khori was at the High Court in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Faris Al-Khori was at the High Court in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

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A MAN is to stand trial next year charged with having a large number of explosive substances.

Faris Al-Khori today faced the accusation at the High Court in Glasgow.

The 62 year-old was arrested after searches at flats in Edinburgh’s Muirhouse and Leith areas earlier this year.

Al-Khori faces a charge under the Explosive Substances Act which runs from December 2007 until April 2014.

Chemicals listed include various types of acid, acetone and fuel tablets.

Al-Khori is also accused of a separate charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

It is claimed that with “utter disregard” for the safety of residents he possessed a quantity of substances and rocket motors knowing they were wither “explosive or flammable”.

The charge alleges he did expose residents at the flats to the “risk of serious injury”.

His QC Brian McConnachie entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Judge Lord Turnbull set a trial due to begin in April in Edinburgh.