A Birmingham man arrested as part of a police investigation into Syria-related terrorism has been remanded into prison following a court appearance in London.
Mouloud Tahari a student from Ashway in Sparkhill, is accused of facilitating terrorism overseas; he appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court this morning to confirm his personal details but was not asked to indicate his intended plea to the charge.
The 20-year-old made no bail application and was remanded into prison ahead of his next court appearance at the Old Bailey on March 14.
Police in the West Midlands have been given an extra five days to question three men and one woman arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.
They can now be detained until March 4th.
Those detained include Moazzam Begg, who is suspected of attending a terrorist training camp. He previously spent nearly three years in Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being released without charge.
They were arrested in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Campaign group CAGE, which is against Western action in the Middle East, has spoken out about today's counter-terrorism arrests - saying it is "outraged".
Four people - including CAGE's outreach director Moazzan Begg - were arrested from the West Midlands today on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas.
In a statement published on its website, CAGE said Begg - a former Guantanamo Bay detainee - had been campaigning for human rights, and accused the British and Amercian governments of making the arrests to "vilify" his well-meaning actions.
This latest action is designed to ensure that any travel to Syria is deemed suspicious....
Moazzam Begg is just the latest individual drawn by the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria who has been labelled a terrorist.
We are disgusted that Moazzam Begg is being retraumatised with the same guilt-by-association accusations that resulted in his unlawful incarceration in Guantanamo Bay.
We fully support our colleague and see his arrest as politically motivated and as part of a campaign to criminalise legitimate activism.
Moazzam Begg had written quite openly about his visits to Syria. Said visited ex prisoners & aid camps & MI5 had talked to him about trips.
"MI5 was concerned about the possibility of Britons in Syria being radicalised and returning to pose a potential threat to national security," he wrote in December 2013 on the website of his campaign group CagePrisoners.
"I told them that Britain had nothing to worry about, especially since British foreign policy, at the time, seemed in favour of the rebels. At the end of the meeting I was assured by MI5 that my proposed return to Syria to continue my work would not be hindered, and it wasn't."
Moazzem Begg writing about trips to Syria said last yr passport confiscated as police said previous trips constituted terrorism involvement.
He adds that on returning from a trip to South Africa in December he was "met upon arrival at Heathrow by officials who served me with a notice to seize my passport under the 'Royal Prerogative' stating that it was assessed my previous visits to Syria had constituted involvement in terrorism."