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Former Guantanamo Bay Detainee Moazzam Begg Faces Terror Charges

01/03/2014 08:51 GMT | Updated 01/03/2014 08:59 GMT
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An ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee will face charge Syria-related terror charges in court today.

West Midlands Police say Moazzam Begg from Birmingham is accused of providing terrorist training and funding terrorism overseas.

Begg, 45, was detained in the US-run military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for nearly three years.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court alongside a woman, Gerrie Tahari, also from Birmingham, who is charged with facilitating terrorism overseas.

Both were arrested on Tuesday. Two other men arrested the same day remain in police custody.

They are a 36-year-old man from Shirley, Solihull, and a 20-year-old man - the daughter of Tahari - from Sparkhill,

Birmingham, who were held on suspicion of facilitating terrorism overseas.

Begg was held in the .

He moved to Afghanistan with his family in 2001 before taking them to Pakistan in 2002 when the war began.

He was detained in Islamabad, Pakistan, as an "enemy combatant" in January 2002 and was taken to the Bagram internment centre for about a year before being transferred to Guantanamo.

He was released along with three others in January 2005 and was allowed to return to the UK, where he was arrested by the police before being released without charge.