Weymouth man facing terrorism charge appears in court

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A WEYMOUTH man accused with two others of travelling to Pakistan for terrorism training has appeared in court.

A woman alleged to have been in possession of terrorist material also attended the hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.

One of the suspects lives in Stratford, east London, where the Olympics is being held, but Scotland Yard has said none of the alleged offences was linked to the Games.

Richard Dart, who was brought up in Weymouth and now lives in Ealing, appeared in a BBC Three documentary after converting to Islam.

He is charged with preparing for acts of terrorism between July 2010 and July 2012, alongside Imran Mahmood and Jahangir Alom.

They are also accused of travelling abroad to commit acts of terrorism and advising and counselling the commission of terrorism acts by providing information about travel to Pakistan, terrorism training and operational security while there.

Dart, 29, Mahmood, 21, from Dabbs Hill Lane, Northolt, west London and Alom, 26 of Abbey Road, Stratford were arrested between July 5 and 7, alongside the woman, Ruksana Begum.

Begum, 22, of Provost Estate, Islington, north London, is charged with possession of a digital memory card containing a document likely to be of use to a terrorist.

District Judge Howard Riddle remanded all four suspects in custody.

They will appear at The Old Bailey on July 31.

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