Seven deny Duddingston sub-machine gun murder

THE trial of seven men accused of shooting dead a 25-year-old man following a car chase in the Duddingston area of Edinburgh last year began at the High Court in Glasgow today.

The trial began today at the High Court in Glasgow. Picture: John Devlin

Mohamud Mohamud, 30, Ahmed Ahmed, 28, Cadil Huseen, 23, Hussein Ali, 26, Liban Ahmed (also known as Jama), 30, Said Fadal, 32 and Said Tarabi, 27, deny murdering 25-year-old Mohamed Abdi in the city suburb on 26 May 2013

It is alleged they repeatedly fired a sub-machine pistol and a revolver after a car chase along Duddingston Road West, Willowbrae Road and Abercorn Avenue.

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The seven are accused of forcing the car occupied by Mr Abdi, Mohamed Farah and Abdulrakim Abdulrahman to stop by colliding with it and repeatedly shooting at the occupants, murdering Mr Adbi and attempting to murder the other two men.

Mohamud and the others are also accused of assault, of being concerned in the supply of cocaine, and firearms charges.

At the High Court in Glasgow defence counsel for the seven entered not guilty pleas to all charges.

Ali lodged a special defence of incrimination blaming another man, Jamal Saeed, whose whereabouts are unknown. Liban Ahmed, Fadal and Tabari lodged special defences of alibi.

The trial, before judge Lord Turnbull, continues.