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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 18:33 GMT 19:33 UK
Dutch terrorism suspect arrested
Met officers from the extradition and anti-terror units were involved
A 32-year-old Dutch man wanted in the Netherlands on suspicion of raising his "own private army" has been arrested by anti-terrorism police in east London.

Racid Belkacem was arrested in a street in Whitechapel following an extradition request from the Dutch authorities.

He is accused of terrorist-related recruitment, firearms offences and forging documentation - all believed to have taken place in the Netherlands.

Mr Belkacem will appear before Bow Street magistrates on Thursday.

Mr Belkacem was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's extradition unit, aided by anti-terrorist police, at 1515 BST on Wednesday.

The alleged offences are not thought to have targeted the UK.


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