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Brothers deny terror charges

Two brothers have denied terror charges linked to the kidnap of journalists in Syria.

NHS doctor Shajul Islam, 27, from east London, is accused of being part of an extremist group that held British photographer John Cantlie and Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans against their will in July last year.

Today at Kingston Crown Court he entered a not guilty plea to unlawful imprisonment, which prosecutors claim he carried out as an act of terrorism.

His brother Najul Islam, 32, also from east London, denied paying for the doctor to travel to Syria along with another man, Jubayer Chowdhury.

It is alleged that between January 1 last year and January 11 this year, Najul Islam paid for them to travel to the country, knowing that they would "be engaging or be prepared to engage in acts of terrorism".