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Birmingham man in court on 30 terror charges

Ahmed Faraz
Mr Faraz spoke only to confirm his name and address

A 30-year-old man has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London charged with 30 terror offences.

Ahmed Faraz faces 19 counts of distributing terrorist publications and 11 counts of possessing material likely to be of use to a terrorist.

Mr Faraz, of Esme Road, Birmingham, was arrested on 26 January at his home by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

He denies the charges and was remanded in custody until a hearing on 2 March.

Ran bookshop

The court heard the charges related to a period between 13 April 2006 and 26 January this year.

Mr Faraz, who wore a white prayer cap, spoke to confirm his name and address.

Viv Goddard, prosecuting, said Mr Faraz was a British national who had been in control of a Birmingham bookshop called Maktabah and a website.

She said he worked in an IT job until the end of last year.

Gareth Peirce, defending, said Mr Faraz denied all the charges against him.

The Deputy Chief Magistrate, Daphne Wickham, refused a bail application by Mr Faraz and he was remanded in custody until a committal hearing on 2 March.



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