Birmingham student in court over Syria terror offence

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A 20-year-old student has appeared in court charged with a terror offence related to the conflict in Syria.

Mouloud Tahari, from Sparkhill, in Birmingham, is accused of facilitating terrorism overseas.

His mother, Gerrie Tahari, and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg have also been charged in connection with the investigation.

Mr Tahari was remanded in custody by Westminster magistrates and will next appear at the Old Bailey on 14 March.

Both Mr Begg and Mrs Tahari have also been remanded in custody.

All three were arrested by officers from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit on 25 February.

A 36-year-old man detained at the same time has been released without charge.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Mr Tahari was accused of being concerned in a terrorist funding arrangement between 31 December 2011 and 6 November 2013.

His lawyer, Gareth Peirce, said outside court that he denied the allegation and planned to enter a not guilty plea.

Mr Begg, 45, from Hall Green, Birmingham, is accused of providing instruction or training for terrorism in Syria and facilitating terrorism overseas.

Mrs Tahari, 44, is charged with facilitating terrorism overseas.

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