23/02/2007

Man in court over 'soldier kidnap plot'

A man has appeared in court charged with planning to kidnap and kill a British soldier.

Parviz Khan, 36, appeared at the Old Bailey in London via video link on Friday. He appeared alongside four other men who have also been charged with terrorism offences.

All four men were arrested during a series of raids in Birmingham last month.

Mr Khan has been charged under the Terrorism Act 2006. It has been alleged that he engaged in conduct "to give effect to his intention to kidnap and kill a member of the British Armed Forces".

Mr Khan is also charged with funding terrorism and supplying terrorists along with Mohammed Irfan, 30, Zahoor Iqbal, 29, Hamid Elasmar, 43 and Amjad Mahmood, 31.

Mr Mahmood is also charged with failing to disclose information which might have been of material assistance in preventing a plot.

The men are due to face trial next January and have been remanded in custody until April 2.

(KMcA)


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