'Friend' of UK soldier murder suspect charged

Man who told BBC he was friend of suspect in Woolwich murder case charged with encouraging terrorism in unrelated case.

Last Modified: 31 May 2013 18:36
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Police said Nusaybah has been charged with offences relating to allegedly encouraging acts of terrorism [EPA]

A man arrested after giving an interview about his friendship with a suspect in the killing of a British soldier has been charged with terrorism offences.

Ibrahim Abdullah-Hassan - who also goes by the name Abu Nusaybah - was arrested last week following a BBC interview in which he said British security services had tried to recruit his friend, Michael Adebolajo.

Adebolajo - one of two main suspects in the killing of Lee Rigby - was discharged from a hospital on Friday and taken to a London police station.

The other suspect, Michael Adebowale, has been charged with murder. Both men had been hospitalised after being shot by police during the May 22 attack.

Police said that the arrest of Nusaybah, 30, was not directly tied to Rigby's killing.

Scotland Yard said on Friday that Nusaybah has been charged with three offences - which relate to filmed recordings of lectures and written text - that allegedly encouraged acts of terrorism.

He appeared for a brief hearing at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, where he spoke only to confirm his name and personal details.

Nusaybah was kept in custody and is scheduled to appear on June 28 at London's Old Bailey court.

The charges come a day after Adebowale appeared in court to face the murder charge in relation to Rigby's death.


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