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Student faces Syria terror charge

A 20-year-old student will appear in court today accused of a Syria-related terror offence.

Mouloud Tahari from Birmingham is due to attend Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with facilitating terrorism overseas, West Midlands Police said.

He is the third person to be charged in connection with the investigation after former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and Mouloud's mother Gerrie Tahari appeared in court following their arrests last week.

A 36-year-old man who was also held has been released without charge, police said.

Tahari, from Ashway in Sparkhill, is accused of being concerned in a terrorist funding arrangement between December 31 2011 and November 6 2013.

All three suspects were arrested by detectives from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit on February 25.

Begg, 45, of Boden Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, is charged with providing instruction or training for terrorism in Syria and facilitating terrorism overseas, while Gerrie Tahari, 44, is accused of facilitating terrorism overseas.

Both denied the charges when they appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday. They were remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on March 14.

The 36-year-old man from Shirley, Solihull, was held on suspicion of facilitating terrorism overseas before being released without charge.

Begg was held in the US-run military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for nearly three years.

He moved to Afghanistan with his family in 2001 before taking them to Pakistan in 2002 when the war began.

He was detained in Islamabad, Pakistan, as an "enemy combatant" in January 2002 and was taken to the Bagram internment centre for about a year before being transferred to Guantanamo.

Begg was released with three others in January 2005 and allowed to return to the UK.


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