Seventh bomb plot suspect charged


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A seventh terror suspect is being charged over the alleged UK suicide bombing plot, prosecutors said today.

Mujahid Hussain will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow accused of helping fund the plan and providing information of "material assistance".

Six men have already been remanded in custody after the "significant" counter-terror operation by police in Birmingham.

Deborah Walsh, deputy head of the Crown Prosecution Service special crime and counter-terror division, said she authorised West Midlands Police to make the twin charges.

The 20-year-old suspect is accused of "entering into a funding arrangement for the purposes of terrorism" and "failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism", she added.

The first charge reads that, before September 19, he "entered into or became concerned in an arrangement as a result of which money or other property was to be made available to another, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it would or might be used for the purposes of terrorism".

The second charge against him details that, between July 29 and September 19, he had "information which he knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of another person, in the United Kingdom, for an offence involving the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism and did not disclose the information as soon as reasonably practicable".

The other six defendants appeared at West London Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Some of them are accused of wanting to be suicide bombers, having trained for terror in Pakistan and having raised money for terrorism.

The men, all from Birmingham and said to be part of a terror network, were remanded by deputy senior district judge Daphne Wickham.

Ashik Ali, 26, of White Street, Irfan Nasser, 30, of Doris Road, Irfan Khalid, 26, of Timbers Way, and Rahim Ahmed, 25, of Moorcroft Road, will appear at the Old Bailey next month.

They are accused of one count of "engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts".

Nasser, Khalid and Ali are said to have planned a bombing campaign, stated an intention to become suicide bombers, collected money for terrorism, made or helped make a home-made bomb and recruited people for terrorism.

Nasser and Khalid are also accused of travelling to Pakistan for terror training including bomb-making, weapons and poison-making as well as making a "martyrdom" film.

Ahmed is accused of helping others travel to Pakistan for terror training, collecting money for terrorism and investing and managing money for terrorist acts.

Mohammed Rizwan, 32, of Asquith Road, was charged with failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.

It is alleged that between July 29 and September 19 this year, he had information which he knew may help prevent the "commission of an act of terrorism but did not disclose the information".

He will next appear before Westminster magistrates on October 24 alongside Ali's brother, Bahader Ali, 28, of Turner Road. Both are from the Sparkbrook area of the city.