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Man charged with 'IED murder plot'

A man has been charged with conspiracy to murder in relation to the manufacture of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) found in Iraq in 2007, police said tonight.

Anis Abid Sardar, 37, was arrested at his home in north west London yesterday by the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command.

He is accused of conspiracy to murder coalition troops and conspiracy to cause an explosion with intent to endanger life or property.

Sardar, of Llanover Road, Wembley, north-west London, will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Deborah Walsh, deputy head of counter terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: " Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, I have today authorised charges against Anis Abid Sardar in connection to a number of roadside improvised explosive devices (IEDs) recovered from the Al Anbar province of Iraq in 2007.

"It is alleged that Mr Sardar conspired to murder coalition forces operating in Iraq on or before 22 November 2007 by conspiring to cause the explosion of these IEDs.

"The decision to prosecute was 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."

Ms Walsh added: " May I remind all concerned that Mr Sardar has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

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