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Three men charged with Syria related terrorism offences

16/04/2015

Mari Reid, a senior counter-terrorism lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, I have today authorised police to charge Gabriel Clement Rasmus, Anas Abdow Abdalla, and Mahamuud Diini, all from Birmingham, with the preparation of acts of terrorism, contrary to s5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

"All three men were arrested on 3 April 2015 when they were found in the back of an articulated lorry at the Port of Dover. The allegation is that they were attempting to smuggle themselves out of the United Kingdom and travel to Syria or Iraq in order to engage in terrorism.

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

"Gabriel Clement Rasmus, Anas Abdow Abdalla, and Mahamuud Diini will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow, 17 April 2015.

"May I remind all concerned that the defendants 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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