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4 May, 2018 14:35

Man accused of planning to bomb Downing Street and murder May pleads not guilty

Man accused of planning to bomb Downing Street and murder May pleads not guilty

A man accused of plotting to murder UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges. Naa’imur Rahman is accused of conspiring to detonate a bomb at Downing Street so that he could kill the PM.

Rahman, 20, appeared by video link at London’s Old Bailey central criminal court. The British-Bangladeshi man was accused of conducting reconnaissance on Downing Street, and planning a bomb and knife attack at the Westminster street. According to a charge sheet, Rahman was preparing to commit “attacks against persons in the United Kingdom”.

Rahman, from north London, arrested in November during raids carried out by the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command, is also accused of helping Mohammed Imran to join Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Rahman is accused of recording and sending Imran, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, an IS sponsorship video.

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Both have been charged with one count of planning acts of terrorism. Rahman faces one extra charge for assisting Imran.

Imran pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of planning to travel to Libya to join the terror cell, possessing the video made by Rahman, conducting research into travel options, and having terrorist publications.

The two men were remanded in custody ahead of their trial at the Old Bailey on June 18.

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