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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

PROGRESS:
Raids across England yield charges against terror suspects

BBC: Anti-terrorism police have charged eight men with various offences, including conspiracy to murder. All eight will appear in Bow Street Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Scotland Yard said on Tuesday.

Here are the charges in full:

DHIREN BAROT, 32, OF WILLESDEN, LONDON - Conspiracy to murder.Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives. Possessing a reconnaissance plan of the Prudential Building in New Jersey. Possessing reconnaissance plans of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, the stock exchange and Citigroup, both in New York, and two notebooks with information on explosives, poisons, chemicals and related matters.

MOHAMMED NAVEED BHATTI, 24, OF HARROW, MIDDLESEX - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

ABDUL AZIZ JALIL, 31, OF LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

OMAR ABDUL REHMAN, 20, OF BUSHEY, HERTFORDSHIRE - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

JUNADE FEROZE, 28, OF BLACKBURN, LANCASHIRE - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

ZIA UL HAQ, 25, OF PADDINGTON, LONDON - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives.

QAISAR SHAFFI, 25, OF WILLESDEN, LONDON - Conspiracy to murder.Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives. Possessing an extract of the Terrorist's Handbook containing information on the preparation of chemicals, explosive recipes and other information about explosives.

NADEEM TARMOHAMMED, 26, OF WILLESDEN, LONDON - Conspiracy to murder. Conspiracy to commit a public nuisance by the use of radioactive materials, toxic gases, chemicals and or explosives. Possessing a reconnaissance plan of the Prudential Building in New Jersey.

A ninth man arrested with them on 3 August was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

Police charged them of conspiring "together and with other persons unknown" between 1 January 2000 and 4 August 2004 under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Under the Terrorism Act police had a deadline of Tuesday afternoon to charge them or release them, having questioned them for a fortnight.

They were arrested with four other men in raids across England, including Blackburn, Luton, and London.

Two of the 13 arrested on 3 August were freed without charge; two more are no longer being questioned under the Terrorism Act but were rearrested on suspicion of other offences. Three of the nine charged on Tuesday were also charged under the Terrorism Act 2000.