The men, most of them of Bangladeshi origin, are charged with preparing bombing attacks against several targets in London and testing incendiary devices.
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Mohammed Moksudur Rahman Chowdhury, 20, one of nine men charged with planning a terrorism attack, leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London. (Lewis Whyld, Associated Press / December 27, 2010)
The LA Times Reported –
Nine men accused of terrorism and conspiracy to blow up high-profile targets that reportedly included the U.S. Embassy and the London Stock Exchange in a Christmas bombing campaign made their first appearance in a central London court Monday.
Most of the nine, ages 17 to 28, are of Bangladeshi origin. They were among 12 men arrested a week ago in three cities across Britain. Three were released without charge.
They were charged late Sunday after a weeklong interrogation by counter-terrorism police at a London police station. They appeared at the city’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday in three groups.Anti-terrorism prosecutor Sue Hemming said the nine men were charged with preparing to commit terrorist acts or assisting in them.
The men were also accused of igniting and testing incendiary materials and downloading material for the preparation of acts of terrorism, Reuters news agency reported, and five of them were charged with possession of documents and records of potential use to terrorists. They will reappear in London’s central criminal court, the Old Bailey, on Jan. 14.
The Guardian newspaper identified the nine as Nazam Hussain, 25, Usman Khan, 19, Mohibur Rahman, 26, and Abul Bosher Mohammed Shahjahan, 26, from Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands area of England; Gurukanth Desai, 28, Omar Sharif Latif, 26, and Abdul Malik Miah, 24, who were detained in Cardiff, South Wales; and Mohammed Moksudur Rahman Chowdhury, 20, and Shah Mohammed Lutfar Rahman, 28, from London.
Though few details were revealed about the targets, the BBC reported that the men were accused of carrying out reconnaissance of high-profile targets, including the American Embassy and the London Stock Exchange.
I wonder, would it be presumptuous of me to send an e-mail to the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and inform him of the latest developments in this case?