Man appears in court over terrorism charge

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A MAN from Hampshire has appeared in court charged with a terrorism offence.

Mashudur Rahman Choudhury, 30, was arrested at Gatwick Airport last month on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

He appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday on the charge.

Police have confirmed the single charge is related to activity overseas.

Choudhury appeared at court via a video link from Belmarsh Prison.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear again at the Old Bailey on February 21 for a plea hearing.

A provisional trial date has been set for April 28.

The defence yesterday told the court that some of the evidence, relating to hi-tech material, Skype and texts, would need defence experts.

As reported, Choudhury was charged under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006 by South East Counter Terrorism Unit officers following his arrest on October 26.

Speaking ahead of the court appearance Chief Inspector Beth Pirie, of Hampshire police, said: ‘The charge relates to activity overseas and there is no perceived threat to the local community.’