The four were arrested last Wednesday at addresses in the boroughs of Newham and Barking.
Umar Ahmed Haque, 24, arrested at his home in Newham, is accused of an offence under the 2006 Terrorism Act with the intent to commit acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for that intention between March 25 and May 18.
He is also charged with four offences under the 2000 Terrorism Act of possessing a record of information that was likely to be useful in committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
Muhammad Abid, 27, also from Newham, was charged under the 2000 Terrorism Act where he had information on or before March 25 which he knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the arrest, prosecution or conviction of Umar Haque, for an offence involving committing, preparing or instigating an act of terrorism, but did not disclose the information to police “as soon as reasonable practicable”.
The third person charged is 18-year-old Abuthaher Mamun, from Barking, under the 2006 Terrorism Act, that between March 25 and May 18 intended to assist another to commit acts of terrorism by engaging in preparing and giving effect to that intention.
The fourth person, Nadeem Ilyas Patel, 25, also from Newham, is charged under the 1977 Criminal Law Act with conspiring with Umar Haque on March 30 to possess any firearm or imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
All four have been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.
Douglas Murray offers a powerful critique of immigration, identity politics and Islam.
In The Strange Death of Europe, Douglas Murray argues, as the title suggests, that Europe is in its death throes. He reaches this conclusion by weaving together two arguments. First, there are too many migrants, especially of the wrong sort, entering Europe. Secondly, they are coming at a time when Europe ‘has lost sight of what it is’. Hence, he argues, ‘the movement of millions of people into a guilty, jaded and dying culture’ cannot work.
Emmanuel Macron — whose victory in the French presidential election on May 7, 2017 was declared decisive — was presented as a centrist, a newcomer in politics with strong ties to the business world, and a man who could bring a new impetus to a stagnant country.
The reality, however, is quite different.
His victory was actually not “decisive”. Although he received a high percentage of the votes cast (66%), the number of voters who cast a blank ballot or decided to abstain was the highest ever in a French presidential election.
Although his opponent, Marine Le Pen, tried to dissociate herself from the anti-Semitism of her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, she was treated as a walking horror by almost all politicians and journalists during the entire campaign. That she nevertheless drew 34% of the votes was a sign of the depth of the anger and frustration that has been engulfing the French people. More than half of those who chose Macron were apparently voting against Marine Le Pen, rather than for Macron.
“In Pakistan, I had a conversation with a Government Minister. He said the Pakistani army had captured and arrested a Dutch jihadi who was travelling to Al-Qaeda and could potentially execute a terror attack in the Netherlands. The minister said he expected a “thank you” from the Netherlands, for capturing a Dutch extremist. But the contrary happened. “The Dutch embassy scolded Pakistan for mistreating a Dutch citizen.” The Dutch wanted him back immediately because he didn’t get enough sleep and he was beaten. Eventually, the Pakistanis released the extremist and put him on a plane to the Netherlands. “you guys then deal with it yourselves”, the Minister said flabbergasted.”
Abdullah ramo pazara had a craving for packets of instant hot cocoa. The Bosnian-American former truck driver was, at the time, a commander of an Islamic State tank battalion in Syria. Apparently, even foreign fighters who reject their former lives in Western countries for a chance at martyrdom for ISIS sometimes long for the creature comforts of their previous homes.
In the wake of the jihadi human bomb attack in Manchester, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but an opportunity for carnage.”
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “ It is unbelievable that somebody has used a joyful pop concert to kill or seriously injure so many people.”
A headline in the Washington Post read: “In suburban Manchester, a search for what might have motivated the attacker”.
“Struggle to comprehend”? “Unbelievable”? “What might have motivated the attacker”? Really??
Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz drew a lot of attention as he shook hands with US President Donald Trump’s wife Melania during the couple’s controversial visit to the Middle East. Afterwards, he was given a lecture on Islamic ethics by Swedish Muslims.