Man in court over 'soldier kidnap' plot

Last updated at 16:24 18 May 2007


A man appeared at the Old Bailey accused of planning to kidnap and kill a British soldier.

Parviz Khan, 36, appeared by video link from prison with five other men from the Birmingham area accused of offences under anti-terrorism laws.

The men are due to face trial in January next year.

Khan, arrested in a series of raids in Birmingham

on January 31, is charged that between November 1, 2006 and 31 January, 2007, he engaged in conduct "to give effect to his intention to kidnap and kill a member of the British Armed Forces".

Amjad Mahmood, 31, was charged with failing to disclose information which might have been of material assistance in preventing the plot.

Basiru Gassama, 29, was accused of failing to disclose information about a proposed terrorism

plot.

Khan, Mahmood, Mohammed Irfan, 30, Zahoor Iqbal, 29, and Hamid Elasmar, 43, were charged with two offences alleging supplying equipment for terrorism and funding terrorism abroad.

They were remanded to a plea and case management hearing on July 13.

Iqbal, who is on conditional bail, appeared in court and the others were on video link from prison.

They were remanded in custody.

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