Westminster crash: Salih Khater denies trying to kill pedestrians and police officers in 'terror attack'

Driver from Birmingham denies deliberately ramming into victims outside parliament

Salih Khater, in a picture posted on Facebook in 2010
Salih Khater, in a picture posted on Facebook in 2010

A driver who collided with cyclists and pedestrians outside the Houses of Parliament has denied committing a terror attack.

Salih Khater, 29, is accused of deliberately ploughing his silver Ford Fiesta into victims at traffic lights, before speeding towards police officers and crashing into security barriers in Westminster.

Three people were treated for non life-threatening injuries after the crash on 14 August last year.

Mr Khater, a British citizen originally from Sudan, denied two counts of attempted murder and two alternative charges of attempting to cause previous bodily harm.

The charges accuse him of trying to kill people at the junction of Parliament Square and St Margaret Street, and police officers in Abingdon Street, in what prosecutors allege was a terror attack.

Mr Khater was due to stand trial next month but at a hearing on Monday, Mr Justice Sweeney pushed the date back to 24 June.

The defendant, wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a maroon jumper, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from HMP Belmarsh prison.

He spoke only to confirm his name before entering not guilty pleas to all four charges.

Mr Khater, of Highgate Street in Birmingham, was remanded in custody.


Additional reporting by PA

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