Three in court over Tel Aviv suicide bombing

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The wife, brother and sister of a Briton who is on the run after a suicide bomb attack in Israel were today sent to appear at the Old Bailey.

The wife, brother and sister of a Briton who is on the run after a suicide bomb attack in Israel were today sent to appear at the Old Bailey.

Tahira Tabassum, aged 27, the wife of Omar Khan Sharif, Sharif's brother Zahid Hussain Sharif, 46, and his sister Parveef Sharif, 35, will appear at the Old Bailey on 19 May, Bow Street magistrates, in London, ruled today.

The trio, all from Derby, were arrested at their homes in England in the days after the Tel Aviv bomb blast which killed three people and injured many others.

The Israeli authorities say the attack was carried out by two British Muslims – Asif Hanif, aged 21, who was killed, and Sharif, 27, who is still on the run.

Remanding the trio into custody, District Judge Timothy Workman said the case against them relied largely on information from e–mails.

The trio waved and smiled at friends and family sitting in the public gallery as

they were led away after the central London hearing.

They are charged under Section 38 of the Terrorism Act 2000, as amended by the Anti–Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, which relates to failure to disclose information about acts of terrorism.

Parveef Sharif is also charged under Section 62 of the Terrorism Act for aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring acts of terrorism overseas.

All three only spoke to confirm their home addresses in Derby.

Zahid and Parveef Sharif were arrested in Derbyshire and Tabassum was arrested in Nottinghamshire, all on 2 May.

Three other people, two men and a woman, arrested on May 2 and 3 in Derbyshire and London, were released without charge.

All six were originally arrested by anti–terrorist officers following the suicide bomb attack on Mike's Place, a beach–front pub in Tel Aviv last month.