Man in court on Syria kidnap charge

A trainee NHS doctor has appeared in court accused of kidnapping a British photographer in Syria.

Shajul Islam, 26, who had studied at St Bartholomew's and a University of London hospital, was arrested last week at Heathrow Airport and charged this Tuesday.

He is accused of being part of an extremist group that kept John Cantlie, who worked for various newspapers including The Sunday Times, and Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans captive for around a week in the war-torn state.

The British medic was arrested as he arrived on a flight from Egypt with his wife and one-year-old daughter on October 9th, having left the UK in June, the court was told.

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Man faces imprisonment charge

A man is to appear in court charged with the kidnapping of a British photographer who was held hostage in Syria.