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Thursday, 23 January, 2003, 22:04 GMT
Terror police arrest ricin suspect
Police in Finsbury Park
Police raided a mosque in Finsbury Park
Police have made another arrest in connection with the discovery of ricin during a raid in north London earlier this month.

The 31-year-old north African was held under the Terrorism Act 2000, Scotland Yard said.

Ricin Inquiry
5 Jan: Five arrested and charged after raid in Wood Green, London
15 Jan: Two still held after raid in Crumpsall, Manchester
20 Jan: Seven arrested after Finsbury Park mosque search
21 Jan: One arrested in north-east London

*others have been arrested and either released or face non-terrorist charges
It is part of the continuing inquiry in London and elsewhere in the UK.

The man is currently in custody at a central London police station.

The arrest is linked to the discovery of traces of the potentially fatal poison ricin during a raid on a flat in Wood Green, north London, on 5 January.

That triggered a police raid in Manchester in which a detective was stabbed to death.

Then, earlier this week, police in London launched an early morning search of a mosque in Finsbury Park in the north of the capital.

They arrested seven men, one of whom has since been released.

Four remain in custody under the Terrorism Act 2000, a fifth on immigration matters, and a sixth is being questioned for alleged immigration offences and the alleged possession of a CS gas canister.

Terrorism Act charges

A number of people are already in custody or charged with terror offences after being arrested in the first swoop on 5 January.

Samir Feddag, 26, his brother Mouloud Feddag, 18, Mustapha Taleb, 33, and a 17-year-old youth all face charges under the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Chemical Weapon Act 1996.

The four are jointly charged under Section 57 of the Terrorism Act "that on or before 5 January this year they had in their possession articles in circumstances which gives rise to a reasonable suspicion that your possession was for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism".

They also each face a joint charge under the Chemical Weapons Act that on or before 5 January this year they were concerned in the development or production of a chemical weapon.

Mr Taleb also faces another charge under the Terrorism Act that on or before 26 September last year he had in his possession articles for the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

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"This follows on from the Finsbury Park raid"
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"He's been held under the Terrorism Act"

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