Five Charged with Terrorism Offenses in U.K.

British police have charged four men and one woman with committing terrorism offenses. First, a man arrested in Manchester by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West and another man arrested by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command in London have appeared in court.

Ayub Nurhussein, aged 28 of south west London, was charged on July 26 with funding terrorism and possession of a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Nurhussein appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 26 alongside Said Mohammed, 30 from Manchester who was charged with one count of arranging funds or property for the purposes of terrorism and one count which relates to the possession of a document or record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Both were remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court on August 16.

Their arrests are part of a joint investigation by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

Another man, Farah Ahmed, 42 of south west London was charged on July 25 with possession of a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. He was also charged with dissemination of terrorist material.

Ahmed appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on the same date as his charge where he was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court on August 16.

Nurhussein and Ahmed were arrested at a residential address in south west London on July 16 and were detained and taken to a south London police station. Warrants of further detention were granted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court up until July 30 but both men were subsequently charged as above.

Searches at a residential address in south west London and a commercial premises in south east London made as part of the investigation are now complete.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were arrested following a vehicle stop in Luton on July 3, as part of an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

On July 16, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the man – Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 28 of Luton was charged with one count of preparation of acts of terrorism, one count of dissemination of a terrorist publication, and one count of possession of terrorist information.

The woman – Sneha Chowdhury, 25 of Luton was charged with two counts of failing to disclose information regarding terrorist activity. Both appeared July 29 at the Old Bailey in London. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was remanded in custody and Sneha Chowdhury was re-bailed, pending a pre-trial hearing on November 18. A provisional trial date of January 6, 2020 was set.

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Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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