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Trial of men accused of planning to join Islamic State collapses

The trial of two men accused of planning to join Islamic State in Syria has collapsed.

Three men - Anas Abdalla, Mahamuud Diini and Gabriel Rasmus, from Birmingham - were arrested after being found hiding in the back of a lorry at Dover, Kent, in April last year.

Somalia-born Abdalla and Diini, both 26, were accused of preparing for acts of terrorism, while jurors were told Rasmus, 29, had admitted the charge.

The trial got under way at the Old Bailey on January 5 but on Wednesday, Judge Christopher Moss QC discharged the jury and ordered a retrial on a date to be fixed.

Abdalla, of Fox Hollies Road, Acocks Gardens, and Diini, of Coventry Road, Small Heath, deny the charge against them.

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