Hindu Vivek Kendra
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Five face court over 'terror plot'

Author: Press Association
Publication: Dailymail.co.uk
Date: October 17, 2014
URL: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2797321/Four-court-terror-plot.html

Five men have appeared in court in connection with an alleged terror plot to shoot to kill police officers or soldiers on the streets of London.

Members of the gang allegedly swore allegiance to extremist group Islamic State (IS) and scouted out Shepherd's Bush police station and White City Territorial Army Barracks on a "hostile reconnaissance" mission on Google Street View, according to details in the charges.

They allegedly kept Instagram images of two Scotland Yard police officers and two Metropolitan Police community support officers, as well as a trove of jihadist material including videos of beheadings.

Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with intending to commit acts of terrorism between July 8 and October 7 this year. A fifth man, Nathan Cuffy, 25, also appeared in court charged with firearms offences.

District Judge Emma Arbuthnot remanded the men in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on October 27.

They arrived at court under heavy police protection including a helicopter, two vans and several marked cars.

The five men, all from London, were dressed in prison-issue grey sweatshirts and trousers and spoke only to confirm their names and addresses.

Hassane and Majeed laughed as details of the alleged plot were read to the court.

The men - flanked by 10 plain-clothed police officers, some of whom were wearing white stab-proof vests, and four uniformed dock officers - are accused of having a Baikal handgun, silencer and six rounds of ammunition.

It is also alleged the men discussed sourcing and stashing a moped as part of the terror plot and are said to have used code-words over secret communication channels.

The gang are accused of deciding to act on "the fatwa of Al Adnani", a ruling made by the official spokesman and senior leader for IS Abu Mohammad al-Adnani al-Shami.

Other extremist material they are alleged to have possessed includes a copy of Dabiq, an online magazine used by IS, published on October 4, which contained graphic images including the beheading of Steven Sotloff - an American journalist murdered by the militant group, which has taken over large swathes of Syria and Iraq. They also are accused of having copies of jihadi magazine Inspire.

Mark Dawson, prosecuting, said the 21 details within the terror charge relate to the gang of four, but different items related to different members.

The press bench was packed and some journalists had to sit on the floor during the brief hearing.

Defence lawyers for Hassane, of Princess Alice House, Dalgarno Way; Majeed, of Cherwell House, Church Street Estate; Hamlett, of Hanwell House, Great Western Road; Motasim, of Reading House, Hallfield Estate; and Cuffy, of Sandbourne House, Dartmouth Close, made no applications for bail.

Earlier, a sixth man, 20, who was arrested on October 7 as part of the same investigation, was released due to a lack of evidence, and a 19-year-old woman held over a gun charge and allegedly perverting the course of justice was bailed until next week.
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