MOSCOW, October 24 (RIA Novosti) - Tuhin Shahensha, arrested by police on October 14, has been charged with preparing acts of terrorism under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, the Telegraph reports.
“The defendant is charged with one count of preparing acts of terrorism, which is an indictable only offence,” prosecutor Mark Dawson told the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, as quoted by the Telegraph.
Tuhin Shahensha, who allegedly planned to fight in Syria, has been remanded in to custody. District Judge John Zani sent the case to the Central Criminal Court, where the defendant is set to appear on November 14.
Tuhin Shahensha aged 26, from Portsmouth, UK, is one of six people arrested by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) after a series of raids on October 14. Police later confirmed that warrants for the arrests were issued in relation with the ongoing civil war in Syria. Those detained did not pose “any immediate threat to local communities or anywhere else in the UK,” Thames Valley Police said in statement.
Two people, a 23-year-old man from Portsmouth and a 23-year-old woman from Farnborough, remain in police custody, according to SECTU. A 57-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, both from Portsmouth, have been released on bail until December, while a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich was released without charges.
The United Kingdom has raised its threat level from “substantial” to “severe”, the second highest in the classification, amid the ongoing civil war in Syria and fighting in Iraq.