Taxi firm owner with Cardiff school contracts appears in court on conspiracy charge
A taxi driver whose firm has contracts with several schools appeared in court yesterday charged following a counter-terrorism investigation into a network suspected of smuggling a banned stimulant drug from Britain to America.
Married father-of-six Daud Ali, 40, of Wakehurst Place, St Mellons, Cardiff, was also charged with possession of a fake Norwegian passport.
He was held – along with co-defendants Adrian Wall, 49, and Liiban Nursharif, 30 – on Tuesday after officers swooped on homes in Cardiff, London and Coventry.
The men were arrested under the Terrorism Act as part of an investigation into the illegal exportation of khat to the US and Canada where it is a controlled substance.
The three men are jointly accused of conspiracy for allegedly mislabelling parcels being sent from the UK.
They sat with arms folded during the hour-long hearing where Ali and Nursharif were remanded in custody.
Wall was granted bail subject to restrictions.
The three suspects were among seven people arrested by the Met’s counter-terrorism command during a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation earlier this week.
The remaining four suspects – a woman aged 45 and three men aged 47, 45 and 42 – continue to be held under the Terrorism Act, Scotland Yard said.
Homeland Security Investigations in America and officers from the UK’s counter terrorism network, the UK Border Agency and local forces were also involved in the operation.
Wall, a married father of four of Pitt Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey; Nursharif, a single man of no fixed abode and Ali will next appear at Southwark Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on July 6.