Murder suspect terror charge

A 25-year-old Ukrainian man has appeared in court charged with the "terrorist-related" murder of 75-year-old Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham.

Pavlo Lapshyn has also been charged in relation to explosions at three mosques in the West Midlands.

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PICTURE: Drawing of man charged with Saleem murder

Court drawing of Pavlo Lapshyn. Credit: ITN

This is a court artist's impression of a Ukrainian man who has appeared in court charged with the terror-related murder of Mohammed Saleem.

Pavlo Lapshyn has also been charged with three further offences related to three separate blasts near mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

Court hears details of Pavlo Lapshyn's terrorism charges

Pavlo Lapshyn appeared in court charged with murdering Mohammed Saleem and also on the following terrorism charges:

  • carrying out a series of acts with the intention to commit acts of terrorism between April 24 and July 18, related to three separate explosions in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton
  • two separate offences of unlawfully and maliciously causing an explosion with the intent to danger life or cause serious injury to a person or property on June 21 and July 12, following the explosions in Walsall and Tipton respectively

Wearing a black round-neck top with short-cropped hair Lapshyn spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth and to ask to speak to his lawyer during the 10-minute hearing,

He was remanded in custody and will next appear at a bail hearing at the Old Bailey on July 25.


Man faces terror murder charge

A 25-year-old Ukrainian man will appear in court charged with the terror-related murder of an 82-year-old grandfather as he walked home from a mosque.

Pavlo Lapshyn, a postgraduate student from Dnipropetrovsk, is accused of killing Mohammed Saleem in Birmingham in April this year.

Lapshyn will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He was initially arrested by officers carrying out a counter-terrorism investigation into three separate explosions near mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton, and is still being quizzed in connection with that inquiry.

The student, in the UK on a sponsored work placement at a software company in Small Heath in Birmingham, was later arrested on suspicion of Mr Saleem's murder.

Counter Terrorism Unit on Mohammed Saleem murder

Following an investigation by West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, I have been considering the evidence gathered from the inquiry into the murder of Mohammed Saleem.

I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Pavlo Lapshyn with one count of murder. This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

– Louise Gray, a lawyer in the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division


Mohammed Saleem murder: Police praise community

We understand that these incidents have caused a great deal of anxiety and distress within local communities and I want to thank them for the way they have dealt with the developments and the assistance they have given my officers.

For the family who lost a beloved grandfather it has been a particularly difficult time and we will continue to support them.

– Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, West Midlands Police

Man charged with murder of Birmingham pensioner

A 25 year-old Ukrainian man has been charged with the terrorist-related murder of a 75 year-old Birmingham pensioner.

Mohammed Saleem was found stabbed three times as he returned home from prayers in Small Heath in April

Pavlo Lapshyn, a post graduate student from Dnipropetrovsk, is still being questioned about three terror explosions at mosques in Walsall, Tipton and Wolverhampton.

He will will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow.

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