Former Detainee at Guantanamo Detained Over Terror Charges

met 1Former detainee Moazzam Begg who was held at Guantanamo Bay was remanded into custody and charged with terror offenses related to Syria.

Begg, who is 45 and from Hall Green in Birmingham, England, denied those charges and will appear on March 14 in court. He has been accused of providing terror training and of funding overseas terrorism.

Begg appeared along with Gerrie Tahari in Westminster Court. Tahari is from Sparkbrook, Birmingham and charged with facilitating overseas terrorism.

She also denied the charges against her and was remanded into custody. She will appear in court the same day Begg is scheduled to appear. Both were taken into custody on Tuesday.

Two other males who were arrested on the same day remained in the custody of police. One is 36 and from Solihull, while the other is 20 and Tahari’s son. The two were being held on the suspicion of aiding in overseas terrorism.

Begg at one time was at Guantanamo Bay the U.S. military prison located in Cuba. He was detained there for close to three years.

In 2001, Begg moved with his family to Afghanistan prior to moving in 2002 to Pakistan when the war broke out. In January of 2002, in Islamabad, Pakistan, authorities detained Begg as a combatant with the enemy. He was taken to the holding center in Bagram for nearly a year, prior to being transferred to Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay.

In January of 2005, Begg along with three more detainees was released and allowed to move back to the United Kingdom.

Begg spoke in court to correct the clerk of the court when she asked if he was Mohammed Begg. He also confirmed his address and pleaded not guilty, while confirming he understood when he would appear next in court.

Prosecutors charged that from July 14 to August 8 of 2013 he used monies or made property available to a person or persons knowing they might by for terrorism purposes.

Tahari has been charged with making available property or monies between December of 2011 and November of 2013 available to a person or persons knowing that they might be involved in acts of terrorism.

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