24/Apr/2014 - Last News Update: 08:00

Khat terror funding probe: More time to quiz suspects

Category: England

Published: 3rd May 2012 15:20:47

Police been given more time to question seven people over claims that terrorism abroad was funded with money from the smuggling of the stimulant plant, khat.

Six men and a woman were arrested at homes in London, Coventry and Cardiff on Tuesday in early morning raids by counter-terrorism officers.

They were taken to a London police station and a court has now extended the time they can be held until 8 May.

Scotland Yard said searches at 12 addresses had been completed.

Police arrested the seven people on suspicion of being concerned in the funding of a terrorist organisation and laundering the proceeds of crime:

Officers carried out searches at the scene of the arrests, as well as at seven other addresses in London, Worthing and Coventry.

Scotland Yard said the arrests were part of an investigation into a network suspected of illegally exporting khat to the US and Canada.

The plant is used by some people in East Africa and is not banned in the UK - but it is a controlled substance in North America.

Investigators from the US Department of Homeland Security have also been involved, said the Met.

Warrants extending the period of detention of those arrested were granted by Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Source:
BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Khat terror funding probe: More time to quiz suspects [Online] (Updated 3rd May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1426391/Khat-terror-funding-probe-More-time-to-quiz-suspects [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • Cold mountains: Snapshots from avalanche team's latest season

    The last avalanche forecast of the latest Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) season has been published.
  • The story of the man who was Frank Sidebottom

    Cult comic character Frank Sidebottom has inspired a film starring Michael Fassbender, while a documentary and biography are also in the works. Four years after his creator Chris Sievey died, why is Frank's legend growing and who was the man behind the mask?
  • Stolen Derry defibrillator means 'lives are at risk'

    An independent ambulance service has said lives are at risk after £10,000 worth of equipment was stolen from one of its vehicles in Londonderry.
  • South Korea school reopens after ferry disaster

    The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week has started to hold classes again.
  • Elderly care demand to 'outstrip' family supply

    The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank has warned.