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Conspiracy charges for three arrested after terror raids

Category: England

Published: 5th May 2012 10:52:56

Three men arrested during counter-terrorism raids are due in court after being charged with conspiracy.

Adrian Wall, 49, Liiban Nursharif, 30, and Daud Ali, 40, were detained on Tuesday along with four others after officers visited four addresses in London, Coventry and Cardiff.

All seven were initially held under the Terrorism Act.

The three men have been charged with conspiracy for allegedly mislabelling parcels being exported out of the UK.

Mr Ali was also charged under the identity documents act for allegedly possessing a fake Norwegian passport.

Mr Wall, of Pitt Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, Mr Nursharif, of no fixed abode and Mr Ali, of Wakehurst Place, Cardiff, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

The remaining four suspects, a woman aged 45 and three men aged 47, 45 and 42, are still being held under the Terrorism Act, Scotland Yard said.

In an earlier statement, Scotland Yard said the initial arrests were part of an investigation into a network suspected of illegally exporting the stimulant khat to the US and Canada.

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

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

It is a relatively mild stimulant compared with other drugs circulating in the UK and is typically used by older men from the Horn of Africa.

In 2005, the Home Office's official drugs advisers concluded that "the evidence of harm resulting from khat use is not sufficient to recommend its control".

The UK served as a legal staging post for imports of khat to other nations before it was controlled in North America and other European Union countries.

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