1. Trial date set for Leicester terror suspect

    PA Media

    A man accused of being a member of the group calling itself Islamic State is due to stand trial next spring, a court has heard.

    Hashim Chaudhary, 27, of Chestnut Drive, Great Glen, Leicester, was arrested and detained under the Terrorism Act on 22 October.

    Chestnut Drive

    He has been charged with four counts of disseminating a terrorist publication, membership of a proscribed organisation, and two charges of entering into a funding arrangement.

    The prosecution allege Mr Chaudhary used Bitcoin in a bid to transfer sums abroad.

    The defendant, who is in custody, did not attend today's Old Bailey hearing.

    Mr Justice Sweeney set a plea hearing for March 8 and a provisional trial starting on May 24 next year.

    The judge transferred the case to Nottingham Crown Court.

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