Ex-Guantánamo detainee Moazzam Begg charged with terrorism offenses

Begg appeared in Westminster Magistrates court and denied the charges of providing terrorism training and funding terrorism abroad.

Begg appeared in Westminster Magistrates court and denied the charges of providing terrorism training and funding terrorism abroad.

LONDON - Former Guantánamo detainee Moazzam Begg has been charged with terrorism offenses relating to Syria, whilst hundreds gathered to demonstrate against his arrest.

Begg appeared in Westminster Magistrates court and denied the charges of providing terrorism training and funding terrorism abroad.

Another woman arrested on the same day as Begg also appeared in the court, Gerrei Tahari, 44, was also charged with facilitating terrorism abroad; both have been remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, two other men remain in custody on suspicion of facilitating terrorism abroad; a 36-year-old and 20-year-old were arrested on Tuesday, the same day as the arrest of Moazzam Begg.

Begg was arrested in Pakistan in 2002, and held in Bagram, Afghanistan, for several months before being transferred to Guantánamo Bay. He was released in 2005, but was never charged with any offense.

Around 300 people gathered outside of West Midlands police headquarters today demanding justice for Begg and asking for his release. Begg is the director for Cage, an organization that works with the victims of the war on terror.

Yvonne Ridley a board member of Cage told Anadolu Agency that she had travelled and worked with Begg whilst he collected evidence on human rights abuses in Pakistan and Libya.

Talking about the UK supplying aid to Syrian opposition forces, she said: "I hope William Hague is worried, because he has been supplying rebels with aid"

Begg will next appear in court in London on 14 March.

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