Sol­diers in neo-Nazi hear­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

TWO SOL­DIERS ap­peared in court this week charged with ter­ror of­fences as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the banned neo-Nazi group Na­tional Ac­tion.

Pri­vate Mark Bar­rett, 24, and Lance Cor­po­ral Mikko Ve­hvi­lainen, 32, were ar­rested on Septem­ber 5 on sus­pi­cion of join­ing the pro­scribed or­gan­i­sa­tion.

A third man, civil­ian Alexan­der Deakin, 22, was charged along­side them fac­ing a string of ter­ror­ism of­fences be­tween July 2015 and Septem­ber 2017.

Bar­rett de­nied any in­volve­ment with Na­tional Ac­tion, en­ter­ing a not guilty plea to one count of be­long­ing to a pro­scribed or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The trio ap­peared at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court on Tues­day morn­ing. They will now ap­pear at the Old Bai­ley on Septem­ber 21.

Na­tional Ac­tion were the first rightwing ter­ror group to be banned by new ter­ror laws in­tro­duced in 2016.

The Home Of­fice de­scribed them as ‘vir­u­lently racist, an­ti­semitic and ho­mo­pho­bic’.

They gained no­to­ri­ety for cham­pi­oning Thomas Mair af­ter he mur­dered Labour MP Jo Cox in June 2016.

Two other men from Northamp­ton and Ip­swich were de­tained and re­leased by police fol­low­ing ar­rests by the West Mid­lands Police Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit last week.

Deakin’s de­fence coun­sel in­di­cated his client would en­ter not guilty pleas at a later stage.

Deakin, of Bea­con Road, Great Barr, Birm­ing­ham and Ve­hvi­lainen, of Seeny­bridge Camp, Powys, were re­manded in cus­tody. Bar­rett, of Dhekalia Camp in Cyprus, will have a bail hear­ing at a later date.

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