Birmingham terror plot: ‘6 suspects hoped for mass murder’

Birmingham terror plot: ‘6 suspects hoped for mass murder’

By | 2011-09-28T20:04:23-04:00 September 28th, 2011|Reports|0 Comments

The men were arrested in the city last week as part of a major operation by counter-terror police. Tom Pettifor – Daily Mirror  

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  SIX terror suspects appeared in court yesterday accused of involvement in plotting mass murder in the UK. charges the alleged fanatics are facing include planning and training in Pakistan for suicide attacks. The defendants, all from Birmingham, did not indicate any pleas to the charges and they were remanded in custody. The men were arrested in the city last week as part of a major operation by counter-terror police. Four are accused of being part of a network which collected terror funds while claiming to be raising cash for legitimate charity Muslim Aid. The suspects were brought into the dock at West London magistrates court each flanked by a plain-clothed security guard as well as a dock officer. All bearded, they spoke only to confirm their names during the hour-long hearing. Irfan Nasser, 30, and Irfan Khalid, 26, are accused of preparing for an act of terrorism, including travelling to Pakistan for training in terrorism, making a martyrdom video and planning a bombing campaign. Ashik Ali, 26, was charged with collecting money for terrorism, stating an intention to be a suicide bomber, and also of being involved in recruiting other members for acts of terrorism. A fourth man, Rahin Ahmed, 25, was charged with assisting others to travel to Pakistan for terrorism training, and investing and managing money for terrorist acts. It is alleged that between Christmas Day last year and September 19 this year, they were preparing, or helping others prepare, to commit acts of terrorism. Two other men, Bahader Ali, 28, and Mohammed Rizwan, 32, were also charged with failing to reveal the plot. It is alleged that between July 29 and September 19 this year, each of them had information which they knew may help prevent the commission of an act of terrorism. Bahader Ali, who is Ashik Ali’s brother, shook his head in the dock as the case was outlined against him by the prosecution team. The university graduate was the only one to apply for bail but it was rejected. His father, who was in court, had a surety offer of £190,000 refused. Nasser, of Sparkhill, Kahlid and Ashik Ali, both of Balsall Heath, and Ahmed, from Moseley, will next appear at the Old Bailey on October 21. Bahader Ali, of Sparkbrook, and Rizwan, of Ward End, are due before City of ­Westminster magistrates on October 24.