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'IS bid' trio face terror charges

Published 16/04/2015

West Midlands Police said three Birmingham men were allegedly intending to travel to Iraq or Syria to join IS
West Midlands Police said three Birmingham men were allegedly intending to travel to Iraq or Syria to join IS

Three men who allegedly tried to smuggle themselves out of Britain in an attempt to travel to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State have been charged with terror offences.

Gabriel Clement Rasmus, 28, Anas Abdow Abdalla, 26, and Mahamuud Diini, 25, all from Birmingham, are accused of preparing acts of terrorism.

They were arrested earlier this month when they were found in the back of an articulated lorry at the Port of Dover, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

West Midlands Police said the three are alleged to have been attempting to leave the UK to travel to Syria and join Islamic State.

Mari Reid, a senior counter-terrorism lawyer at the CPS, said: "Following an investigation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, I have today authorised police to charge Gabriel Clement Rasmus, Anas Abdow Abdalla and Mahamuud Diini, all from Birmingham, with the preparation of acts of terrorism, contrary to Section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

"All three men were arrested on 3 April 2015 when they were found in the back of an articulated lorry at the Port of Dover.

"The allegation is that they were attempting to smuggle themselves out of the United Kingdom and travel to Syria or Iraq in order to engage in terrorism.

"The decision to prosecute has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"I have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest."

The men will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London tomorrow.

West Midlands Police said in a statement: " The three are alleged to have been attempting to leave the UK to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State group."

Two other men arrested at the same time are no longer suspected of terrorism offences but are being investigated by immigration authorities, the force said.

A woman who was also detained has been told she faces no further action.

Two other men arrested at the same time are no longer suspected of terrorism offences but are being investigated by immigration authorities.

A woman who was also detained has been told she faces no further action.

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