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Soldier charged with explosives and terrorism offences

26/03/2014

Jane Stansfield, of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division, said: "Following an investigation by police of the North West Counter Terrorism Command, we have today authorised charges against Ryan Adam McGee, a serving Rifleman with 5th Battalion the Rifles at the time of his arrest.

"It is alleged that between 31 May 2012 and 29 November 2013, Ryan Adam McGee had possession of a document or record for terrorist purposes, namely a copy of the 'Anarchist Cookbook'. He has been charged with one offence contrary to 58(1)(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000. It is also alleged that Ryan Adam McGee, between September 1 and 30 2013 made an improvised explosive and has therefore also been charged with one offence contrary to section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.

"Ryan Adam McGee will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 2 April 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that Ryan Adam McGee has 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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