Two men charged for terrorist activity are held in custody

Old bailey credit - James Stringer (Flickr)

The Old Bailey. Pic: James Stringer (Flickr)

Two men arrested for terrorist offences last week have been remanded in custody until they appear before the Central Criminal Court in November.

The pair, both aged 25, were arrested in a car on Mansell Street in Tower Hamlets as part of a pre planned intelligence operation. They were charged on October 20, 2013 and appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court a day later.

The court heard that they were in possession of a file titled “Bomb Making” stored on memory cards.

In relation to this document both men were charged with offences contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which pertains to the possession or collection of information that might aid a person planning a terrorist act.

One man, who can’t be named for legal reasons and is known as “AB”, was also charged under section 5 of the Terrorism Act that relates to preparing for acts of terrorism.

The District judge Michael Snow accepted an application from Prosecutor Michael Atkinson preventing the release of the defendants names to protect the administration of justice.

For this reason the two men can only be identified as “AB” and “CD”. “CD” also received a further charge under section 4 of the Identity Documents Act due to possession of a false passport.

Judge Snow referred the case to the Old Bailey. The men will now remain in custody until they appear there on November 18, 2013.

Another two men arrested by Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Officers on October 13, 2013 were released without charge 6 days later.



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