Pak-origin UK citizen charged with Syria offence

  • Prasun Solwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2014 00:30 IST

Moazzam Begg, the Pakistan-origin Briton who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for nearly three years and released in 2005, has been charged with Syria-related terrorism offences after he was arrested earlier this week.

Britain’s security forces have been devoting increasing resources to deal with what is described as a “big problem” of Britons returning to the country after training and fighting in trouble-torn Syria.

The West Midlands police said that Begg provided instruction and training for terrorism and was concerned in a terrorist funding arrangement.

According to Immigration minister James Brokenshire, “a significant and growing proportion” of the work of Britain’s security forces was linked to Syria. Security services are reported to be monitoring 250 Britons who had returned from Syria.

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