Terror suspects in custody over ‘pre-Christmas plot’

Nine men charged with conspiracy to attack a number of UK
targets in the run up to Christmas have been remanded in custody after
appearing in court.

They were also charged with preparing for terrorism by
agreeing potential targets and testing materials.

They all appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on

The men are aged between 19 and 28 and three are from
Cardiff, two from London and four from Stoke-on-Trent. They were arrested
during raids last week.

The raids took place in Birmingham, London, Cardiff and
Stoke-on-Trent on 20 December.

Three others arrested at the same time – two from Cardiff
and one from London – were earlier released without charge.

The raids had been co-ordinated by the West Midlands
Counter Terrorism Unit.

Those charged are accused of conspiring on dates between
1 October and 20 November to cause an explosion.

The accused men have also been charged under 5(1) of the
Terrorism Act 2006 of engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism
on dates between 1 October and 20 December.

They are alleged to have done this by carrying out
reconnaissance, agreeing potential targets, downloading and researching
materials and igniting and testing incendiary material.

BBC correspondent Jon Brain said the men had appeared
before the court in groups.

Mohammed Moksudur Rahman Chowdhury, 20, of Stanliff
House, Tower Hamlets, and Shah Mohammed Lutfar Rahman, 28, of St Bernard’s
Road, Newham, have been remanded in custody until 14 January.

Gurukanth Desai, 28, of Albert Street; Omar Sharif Latif,
26, of Neville Street, and Abdul Malik Miah, 24, of Ninian Park Road, all from
Cardiff, have to appear at the Old Bailey on the same date.

Nazam Hussain, 25, of Grove Street; Usman Khan, 19, of
Persia Walk; Mohibur Rahman, 26, of North Road, and Abul Bosher Mohammed
Shahjahan, 26, of Burmarsh Walk, all from Stoke-on-Trent, were also remanded in

Our correspondent said the prosecution outlined the
details of the alleged plot but because of legal reasons, these have been kept
out of the public domain for now.

Five of the defendants are also facing a third charge of
possessing documents and records containing information likely to be of use to

Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of UK
counter-terrorism laws, told MPs at the time of the arrests that the
allegations were of a “significant” plot.

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