Nine charged with plot­ting ter­ror­ism of­fences in UK

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

LONDON: Nine men ar­rested in po­lice raids a week ago have been charged with con­spir­acy to cause ex­plo­sions in Bri­tain and with plot­ting ter­ror­ism of­fences, po­lice said on Mon­day.

The nine were among 12 men ar­rested on De­cem­ber 20 in what po­lice said at the time were counter-ter­ror­ism raids es­sen­tial to pro­tect the pub­lic from the threat of at­tack.

Three of the 12 ar­rested were re­leased with­out charge, a state­ment is­sued by West Mid­lands Po­lice said. The re­main­der will ap­pear at the City of West­min­ster Mag­is­trates Court later on Mon­day, the state­ment said.

"I have to­day ad­vised the po­lice that nine men should be charged with con­spir­acy to cause ex­plo­sions and with en­gag­ing in con­duct in prepa­ra­tion for acts of ter­ror­ism with the in­ten­tion of ei­ther com­mit­ting acts of ter­ror­ism, or as­sist- ing an­other to com­mit such acts," Sue Hem­ming, head of the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice Counter Ter­ror­ism Di­vi­sion, said in the state­ment.

"I have re­viewed the ev­i­dence pro­vided to me by the West Mid­lands Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit and I am sat­is­fied there is suf­fi­cient for a re­al­is­tic prospect of con­vic­tion, and it is in the pub­lic in­ter­est that these men should be charged with these of­fences," Hem­ming added. The three men ar­rested from the Welsh cap­i­tal Cardiff were Gu­rukanth De­sai aged 28, 26-year old Omar Sharif Latif and 24-year old Ab­dul Ma­lik Miah. Mo­hammed Mok­sudur Rah­man Chowd­hury, aged 20, and 28-year old Shah Mo­hammed Lut­far Rah­man were ar­rested from London.

The four other ar­rested men came from Stoke-on-Trent in cen­tral Eng­land-Nazam Hus­sain aged 25, 19-year old Us­man Khan, 26-year old Mo­hibur Rah­man and Abul Bosher Mo­hammed Shah­ja­han, also aged 26.

At the time of the ar­rests, the BBC re­ported that most of the sus­pects were Bri­tish but they also in­cluded a small num­ber of Bangladeshis.

The po­lice state­ment said that be­tween Oc­to­ber 1 and Novem­ber 20 the sus­pects had con­spired to cause "ex­plo­sions of a na­ture likely to en­dan­ger life or cause se­ri­ous in­jury to prop­erty." It added that be­tween Oc­to­ber and De­cem­ber 20, when the men were ar­rested, they had been down­load­ing from the In­ter­net, re­search­ing and dis­cussing po­ten­tial tar­gets, car­ry­ing out re­con­nais­sance and "ig­nit­ing and test­ing in­cen­di­ary ma­te­rial." It did not spec­ify what the po­ten­tial tar­gets were. The BBC said in an un­sourced re­port at the time of ar­rests that they were linked to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al Qaeda-in­spired attacks within Bri­tain. -Ap

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