From the Herald Tribune:
- With sirens wailing and streets blocked off to permit its passage, a convoy of police vehicles sped across Britain and wound through central London on Friday to bring five terrorist suspects to court here from Birmingham.
A sixth suspect, who was not immediately identified by name, was charged with a terrorism offense in Birmingham on Friday evening, the police said.
Nine people were seized nine days ago in a roundup of suspects in Birmingham linked to an alleged conspiracy to capture a British soldier and show images of his execution on the Internet. Three of them have them have been freed without charge.
Of the five who faced terrorism charges in court on Friday, only one, Parviz Khan, 36, was charged specifically with engaging "in conduct to give effect to his intention to kidnap and kill a member of the British Armed Forces." The charge made no direct reference to the Internet.
The other four — Amjad Mahmood, 31, Mohammed Irfan, 30, Zahoor Iqbal, 29 and Hamid Elasmar, 43 — faced charges along with Khan of planning to supply equipment and money in the knowledge that it might be used for an act of terrorism.
Mahmood faced a single, separate charge of failing to disclose information that might have helped prevent an act of terrorism.
The charges were brought under British anti-terrorism laws enacted in 2000 and 2006. The arrest of the nine suspects in Birmingham, Britain's second largest city, stirred worries and anger among Muslims who said they believed the police action and extensive coverage by television and newspapers had further stigmatized Muslims. One of the three men released after the arrests said that Britain had become a police state for Muslims.