The book at the center of a terrorism-related trial in Sydney, Australia, lists assassination methods including smothering a target by throwing a cake in their face, the Australian Associated Press reported Friday.
An English translation of the book, "Provisions on the Rules of Jihad — Short Judicial Rulings and Organizational Instructions for Fighters and Mujahideen Against Infidels," was given to a jury hearing the trial of Belal Saadallah Khazaal as evidence.
The book states that cake-throwing as a joke is well-known in the West and can be a good way to kill infidels if instead of sweets an "adhesive substance could be used," AAP reported.
Khazaal, of Lakemba in Sydney's southwest, who is accused of producing the 110-page book in 2003, has pleaded not guilty to knowingly making a document connected with assistance in a terrorist act.
The prosecution claims that the book, posted on a Web site shortly after publication, encouraged a "very violent" type of jihad.
Other than cake-throwing, another murder method listed in the book is wrapping the target in "a strong plastic bag," which the author claims hardly leaves a trace on the body and could leave the impression of suicide, AAP reported.
Twelve methods of assassination are listed, including detonating a car from a distance, sniping, booby-trapping a room, storming houses, poisoning, shooting down planes and striking motorcades.
The smothering section includes drowning and the cake-throwing technique.
"A couple could pretend to be joking before attacking the target," the translation reads. "This would lead to his eyes, nose and mouth being plugged and loses the ability to breathe. Few would suspect the fatal consequences."
Another assassination method is "hitting with a hammer." The book notes: "this type of weapon is excellent in close combat where fire arms are not desirable."