A Belgian man blamed for offering cash to a key suspect in the Brussels and Paris terror attacks took the stand in his British trial on Thursday to protest his innocence and condemn ISIS terrorists as "more awful than animals".
Zakaria Boufassil, who lives in Birmingham in central England, is blamed for giving 3,000 pounds ($3,770, 3,550 euros) in cash to Mohamed Abrini when he last went to the city in July 2015, with the knowledge that it would be used for terrorism.
Testifying at Kingston Crown Court near London, the 26-year-old confessed to meeting Abrini and to holding a bag of cash for his alleged conspirator, Mohamed Ali Ahmed, however said he had "no clue" about its intended use.
Ahmed, likewise from Birmingham, conceded to a similar charge a month ago, yet Boufassil said he had "never communicated his plans to me" and took "advantage of my naivety".
Speaking in French through a translator, Boufassil said he gave the cash to Ahmed in a park in Birmingham, and remained there smoking while he and Abrini went somewhere else.
"He never told me that the person who was coming to get the money was a bad person. Had I known it I would never have kept the money," Boufassil said.
He informed the jury that in the wake of concerning 15 or 20 minutes, Abrini returned all alone, inquired as to whether he communicated in French and presented himself, as they had never met.
Boufassil said he consented to help Abrini locate a modest neighborhood lodging, and was then requested that he call him the next day to take him garments shopping, yet Abrini never addressed his telephone.
Boufassil, who confessed to being a standard cannabis client, attempted to recollect dates and times in round of questioning.
Indicting legal advisor Max Hill blaming him for lying, claiming that he arranged the meeting with Abrini and went about as a French interpreter.
As a devotee of Sufism, a spiritualist Islamic request that is seen as unorthodox by hardline fear based oppressor bunches, Boufassil censured the ISIS.
"For me, those people are worse than animals," he said.
Abrini, named the "man in the cap" for his picture got on security cameras before the Brussels air terminal besieging in March, is in care in Belgium over his speculated inclusion in that assault and those in Paris last November.