London court drops charges against ex-Guantanamo detainee
LONDON, October 1 (RAPSI) – The Crown Prosecution Service in London ruled on Wednesday to drop seven terrorism charges against former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg, who was suspected of ties with Syrian terrorists. He could be released today, RIA Novosti reports.
Begg, 45, was arrested in February at his home near Birmingham, accused of providing terrorist training between October 2012 and April 2013, and funding terrorism between July and August 2013. He was one of a group of British nationals arrested on suspicion of abetting terrorism.
British-born Begg fought in Bosnia in the 1990s and moved with his family to Afghanistan in 2001.He was detained in Pakistan in January 2002 and spent nearly a year at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan before being sent to the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where he spent three years until his release without charge in January 2005.
He then returned to Britain. After the Arab Spring, Begg visited Syria twice and also went to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya to conduct what he said were investigations into the British government’s role in human rights violations.
Begg attended the pre-trial review at the Old Bailey court in London via a video link from the high security Belmarsh prison.
The judge announced the ruling to drop seven terror charges against Begg.