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Man remanded over terror charge
A man accused of withholding information about an alleged plot to kidnap and kill a British soldier has been remanded in custody.

Basiru Gassama, 29, spoke only to give his name and date of birth during the 45-minute hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Five other men, arrested with Mr Gassama during raids in Birmingham, were remanded in custody on Friday.

Among them was Parviz Khan, 36, who was charged with plotting the kidnap.

Mr Gassama appeared before District Judge Timothy Workman charged with withholding information about a potential act of terrorism.

Funding charge

Wearing a navy blue tracksuit with a short-cropped beard, Gassama he sat quietly during the hearing.

He was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear before the same court on 15 February.

Mr Khan and the four other accused were remanded in custody until 23 February, when they will appear at the Old Bailey.

All five men are charged with supplying equipment and funding for terrorism under the Terrorism Act.

Mr Khan, Amjad Mahmood, 31, Mohammed Irfan, 30, Zahoor Iqbal, 29, and Hamid Elasmar, 43, are accused of supplying equipment and funding for a terrorist act between 30 March last year and 31 January.

Mr Khan faces an additional charge alleging that he engaged in conduct to give effect to his intention to kidnap and kill a member of the British armed forces between 1 November 2006 and 31 January 2007.

Mr Mahmood also faces an additional charge of failing to disclose information of material assistance in preventing an act of terrorism by Mr Khan and others.

Nine men were arrested in the raids last month. Three were released without charge.


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