The most vilified Muslim cleric in Britain was put on trial last week, accused of preaching a gospel of race-hate and jihad among his followers in the nation. Instead of his usual role as a speaker, Abu Hamza al-Masri has listened to three days of testimony that portrays him as an evil bigot with a twisted view of Islam, spreading a creed of violence and intolerance, especially of Jews, for whom he believed Hitler was sent into the world to destroy. Hamza faces 15 charges of incitement to murder and whipping up racial tensions in a case at the heart of which lies the question of freedom of speech and its abuse. When his home was raided, detectives also found a 10-volume 'blueprint for terrorism', which listed London's Big Ben, Paris' Eiffel Tower and New York's Statue of Liberty as potential targets for attack, as well as football stadiums, airports and nuclear power stations to maximise loss of life. Chapters of the manual are dedicated to Osama bin Laden, while others give step-by-step guides on how to manufacture explosive devices. Each day the one-eyed former Imam has sat in court at London's Old Bailey, the hooks usually attached to his arms missing, watching as videos of his sermons are played to the jury of seven men and five women. Hamza lost an eye and both hands fighting the Russians in Afghanistan. The court was told that the chain of events that ended with the Egyptian-born cleric, who holds a British passport, coming before the court began in May 2004 when a team of police officers knocked at the door of his west London home. In a ground-floor room used as an office, they found a hoard of more than 3,000 video and audio tapes of Hamza's speeches. One of the boxes holding some tapes was simply marked 'jihad'. After weeks of studying the collection, the Crown Prosecution Service charged the 47-year-old preacher with soliciting to murder and inciting racial hatred. On numerous occasions from his mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, Hamza preached that killing non-Muslims was justified even if there was no reason for it, the jury heard. 'Killing an adulterer, even if he is a Muslim, is OK. Killing a kaffir [unbeliever] who is fighting you is OK. Killing a kaffir for any reason, you can say it is OK even if there is no reason for it,' he told one audience in his rapidly spoken, broken English. One video of a Hamza talk given in September 1999 and entitled Adherence to Islam in the Western World was played to jurors. In it, he says Islamic beliefs should be spread with the help of the sword. 'Dawa [propagation of Islam through word and action] needs a sword next to it and also needs effort,' the cleric said in the videotape. 'You have to understand that dawa is good, but it doesn't survive alone. There are many prophets before Muhammad ... they were killed because they did not have the sword with them.' Others showed him calling on young Muslims to train for jihad and to identify targets such as banks and brothels, which were symbols of corrupt 'kuffar countries' like Britain. Earlier, prosecutor David Perry told the court that Hamza sought to create a 'blueprint for living' for his followers and impose his interpretation of the Koran and Islam on every aspect of their lives. At the core of this way of life was his call for jihad, or holy war, in the name of Allah, which he saw as the duty of every Muslim. An essential component of it was the killing of non-believers, especially the Jews, whom he allegedly believed controlled the west and must be wiped from the face of the earth. Mr Perry added: 'He accused the Jews of being blasphemers, traitors and dirty. This ... was why Hitler was sent into the world.' As for the terrorist's 10-volume Encyclopaedia of the Afghan Jihad, the jury was told: 'It contains everything anyone would ever need to know to make homemade bombs.' As well as allegedly preaching death and destruction, his speeches cover all aspects of life, containing diatribes about Britain's licensing laws, the use of additives in food, adultery, the role of women and the dangers of democracy. Hamza faces nine charges under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, alleging that he solicited others at public meetings to murder Jews and other non-Muslims. He also faces four charges, under the Public Order Act 1986, of 'using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with the intention of stirring up racial hatred'. A further charge alleges Hamza was in possession of video and audio recordings, which he intended to distribute to stir up racial hatred. The final charge, under section 58 of the Terrorism Act, accuses him of possession of the Encyclopaedia of the Afghani Jihad, which contained information 'of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism'. Hamza denies all the charges. His lawyer Edward Fitzgerald, QC, is expected to claim that he has done little more than preach the Koran and that his beliefs are those of a true follower of Islam.