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Uncle and nephew charged over attempt to join ISIL in Syria - nephew charged over plot on US military

21/07/2015

Junead Ahmed Khan, 24, and his uncle Shazib Ahmed Khan, 22, both of Luton, have been charged with one offence contrary to section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006. The charge dates between 1 August 2014 and 10 May 2015. Junead Ahmed Khan has been further charged with an additional count contrary to section 5 dating between 10 May 2015 and 14 July 2015.

Deborah Walsh, Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service's SO15, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge Junead Khan and Shazib Khan with the intention of committing acts of terrorism.

"It is alleged that Junead Khan and Shazib Khan had been planning on travelling to Syria to join the proscribed organisation Islamic State in Levant (ISIL).

"It is further alleged that Junead Khan was planning a terrorist attack on US military personnel in the UK and he has been charged with an additional terrorism offence to reflect this.

"The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"Junead Khan and Shazib Khan will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later today, 21 July 2015.

"Criminal proceedings have now commenced and both men have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

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