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Nabeel Hussain charged over passport fraud

14/02/2014

Rebecca Mundy, specialist prosecutor for the CPS Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, we have today authorised charges against Nabeel Hussain and Michael Diamantis in connection with the alleged fraudulent use of a passport.

"Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service, we have today authorised charges against Nabeel Hussain and Michael Diamantis in connection with the alleged fraudulent use of a passport.

"Nabeel Hussain was arrested at Stansted Airport on 23 September 2013 where it is alleged he was attempting to take a flight out of the country on a passport that was not his. The charge is that Nabeel Hussain had in his possession a UK passport with the intention of using it to establish personal information about himself, which he knew or believed to be false, namely that it was his name on the ticket for the flight. This offence is contrary to section 4 of the Identity Documents Act 2010.

"It is also alleged that Michael Diamantis provided the means for Nabeel Hussain to leave the country by purchasing a plane ticket in another name. He has been charged with fraud by false representation, contrary to sections 1 and 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

"This decision has been taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute and that it is in the public interest to do so.

"Nabeel Hussain and Michael Diamantis will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 20 February 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that Nabeel Hussain and Michael Diamantis have a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

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