British student Mouloud Tahari charged with “funding Syria terrorism”

Mouloud Tahari

Mouloud Tahari, a 20-year-old student from Birmingham, has been charged with funding terrorism overseas.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday entering a not guilty plea to the charges put forward against him.

He is the third person to be charged in connection with an investigation into “Syria-related terrorism” offences that resulted in two arrests last week. Others included his 44-year-old mother, Gerrie Tahari and Moazzam Begg, the former Guantanamo Bay detainee and director of advocacy group CAGE.

Both remain in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on 14 March.

Mr Tahari, from Ashway in Sparkhill, is accused of being concerned in a terrorist funding arrangement between 31 December 2011 and 6 November 2013.

Mr Begg, 45, from Hall Green, Birmingham, is accused of providing instruction or training for terrorism in Syria and facilitating terrorism overseas.

Mrs Tahari is charged with facilitating terrorism overseas.

Protests

National protests were held during the weekend against the arrest of Mr Begg who is very popular within the British Muslim community and human rights activists.

Left to right: Sheikh Sulaiman Ghani (Islam Channel), Hamza Tzortzis (iERA) and Abdullah al Andalusi (MDI) were among many Muslim leaders at the "Day of Rage" protest outside the Home Office on Sunday.
Left to right: Sheikh Sulaiman Ghani, Hamza Tzortzis and Abdullah al Andalusi at “Day of Rage” protest outside the Home Office.

Over 200 people demonstrated outside West Midlands Police Headquarters on Saturday afternoon. The protest was supported by CAGE, Stop the War Coalition, Birmingham Guantanamo Campaign and South Asian Alliance.

Speakers included journalist and human rights activist Yvonne Ridley and former Respect Party councillor Salma Yaqoob.

On Sunday, hundreds more demonstrated outside the Home Office, speaking out against the British government’s criminalisation of activism, penalising ideologies and reducing humanitarian aid to a “terrorist” offence.

Speakers include: Hamza Tzortzis (iERA), Sheikh Haitham Haddad (MRDF), Anas al Tikriti (The Cordoba Foundation), Taji Mustafa (Hizb ut-Tahrir, Britain), Susan Bryant (Rights Watch, UK), Azad Ali (ENGAGE), Abdullah Al Andalusi (MDI) and Ismail Patel (Friends of Al Aqsa).

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