LONDON: A 25-year old Muslim man Mohammad Yamin of east London pleaded guilty to engaging in preparation of terrorist acts contrary to Section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 – namely between 2 July 2013 and 10 July 2013, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, he purchased equipment and clothing and a one-way flight ticket to facilitate the journey to Syria and his subsequent travel to Syria.
He also pleaded guilty to membership of a proscribed organisation contrary to Section 11 TACT 2000, namely Al Qa’ida, between 10 July 2013 and 1 June 2014 He pleaded not guilty to possessing property – namely a gun – for terrorist purposes contrary to Section 57 TACT 2000 and this charge will lay on file.
Yamin was remanded in custody for sentencing at the Old Bailey on 4 October. He was arrested by officers from the Counter Terrorism Command on 30 and charged on the following day. The police have not disclosed the nationality of the arrested person.
Luton people charged:
Meanwhile, a man and woman (brother and sister) charged with terrorism offences appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 16 July. The 28-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were arrested following a vehicle stop in Luton on Wednesday, 3 July, as part of an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
Mohiussunnath Chowdhury appeared charged with one count of preparation of acts of terrorism, contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006; one count of dissemination of a terrorist publication, contrary to section 2 of the Terrorism Act 2006; and one count of possession of terrorist information, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday, 29 July.
Sneha Chowdhury appeared charged with two counts of failing to disclose information regarding terrorist activity, contrary to section 38B of the Terrorism Act 2000. She has been bailed to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday, 29 July.
According to a report, both the charged persons are brother and sister in relation. They were charged with terror offences including training with wooden swords and booking a firearms course have appeared in court.
Mohiussunnath Chowdhury and Sneha Chowdhury were arrested in the Bedfordshire town by officers from the Metropolitan Police on July 3. They appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on monday from custody. He wore a grey sweatshirt and white trousers, while she wore a black and grey headscarf and dress with a flowery pattern.
Mr Chowdhury is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism, one count of possessing a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism and one count of disseminating terrorist publications.
The preparing acts of terrorism charge relates to: carrying out weight, fitness and martial arts training; purchasing and training with bokkens (wooden training swords); booking a firearms training course; requesting and selecting a firearm; and researching and requesting that another person research potential attack targets.
He did not enter pleas at the hearing. There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody ahead of his next hearing, where he will enter pleas.
Mrs Chowdhury admitted one charge of failing to disclose information relating to acts of terrorism between January 24 and April 12 this year at the hearing. She denied an identical charge between April 13 and July 3 this year. The pair, both of Kirkwood Road, Luton, will appear at the Old Bailey on July 29.