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Terror accused excused appearance
Police in Alva
Mr Siddique was arrested on 13 April at his home in Alva
A man accused of terror charges has been excused a first public appearance in court because he was celebrating the end of Ramadan in jail.

A total of five charges have been brought against 20-year-old Mohammed Atif Siddique, from Clackmannanshire, under the Terrorism Act of 2000.

The High Court in Glasgow also heard some seized information may need to be translated from Arabic to English.

Judge Lord Kinclaven continued the case until next month.

Paul McBride QC, defending, said: "Mr Siddique is not in court today. He is in custody and there is a religious ceremony he wished to observe."

Mr Siddique, of Myretoungate, Alva, was arrested in a police operation in the town on 13 April.

The charges relate to alleged offences committed on dates between 2003 and 2006.

Website allegations

It has been alleged that he had several articles in his possession which gave rise to a "reasonable suspicion" of a connection with a potential act of terrorism.

These included documents containing terrorist propaganda, bomb making instructions and surveillance techniques.

The offence is alleged to have taken place in Siddique's home, the Glasgow Metropolitan College, Glasgow Airport and Ibrox Public Library.

It has also been alleged that he collected information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Mr Siddique has been further accused of breach of the peace by showing students at Glasgow Metropolitan College images of suicide bombers and of the murder and beheading of people by terrorists.

It has also been alleged that Mr Siddique claimed to be a member of Al Qaeda and threatened to become a suicide bomber.

It has been further alleged that he set up websites to provide information on the making or use of firearms and explosives and the circulation of terrorist publications.


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