Portsmouth man in court over terrorism charge

A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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THE brother of a British man who was killed fighting in Syria has appeared in court charged with trying to help others to commit terrorist acts.

Mustakim Jaman, 23, of Hudson Road, Southsea, spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth as he stood in the dock at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Jaman was charged under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006 with having the ‘intention of assisting others to commit acts of terrorism’ and of ‘engaging in conduct in preparation for this cause’.

Helping would-be terrorists with travel plans and collecting donations to try to replace items that were lost on the battlefield are among the alleged offences, which are said to have taken place between August 1, 2013, and October 14 this year.

District Judge John Zani ordered that he should next appear in custody at the Old Bailey on November 14.

Jaman, of Hudson Road, Southsea, is the brother of Ifthekar Jaman who was killed last year.

He is alleged to have given ‘a group of men a lift to a train station knowing that they intended to travel to Turkey and onwards to Syria to join the non-government forces in the ongoing conflict.’

He is also charged with ‘giving advice to a Whatsapp user about how to travel to Syria without being detected, including shaving off his beard and travelling with others.’

Tuhin Shanesha, 26, also of Hudson Road in Southsea, Portsmouth, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Friday charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism.

He was also remanded in custody to appear at The Old Bailey on November 14.