UK lays first terror training charge under new law

UK lays first terror training charge under new law

[JURIST] British prosecutors have charged Yassin Mutegombwa with receiving training for terrorism, making him the first person in the UK charged with the new offense under the recently enacted Terrorism Act 2006 [text]. Mutegombwa was one of 14 suspects arrested [JURIST report] during anti-terror raids [BBC report] in Britain conducted in early September.

A British court Tuesday ordered four of those arrested, including Mutegombwa, to remain in custody [Reuters report]. Hassan Mutegombwa, Yassin's brother, is charged with procuring funds for terrorism and the other two defendants are charged with possessing information likely to be useful to someone committing acts of terrorism. Two other of the original 14 suspects have been released, while eight others remain in custody for further questioning. The Metropolitan Police [official website] has said that these arrests are not connected with the alleged terror plot [JURIST report] to blow up US-bound planes airplanes said to have been foiled by authorities in August. The Independent has local coverage.