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Taxi firm owner with Cardiff school contracts appears in court on conspiracy charge

Posted in islam UK, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by britishloyalist

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.

The three defendants spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses when they were brought before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London.

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.

7 held over Somali drug terror racket

Posted in Enemy's of Britain, immigrants, islam UK, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by britishloyalist

Dawn raids across the UK over cash plot to arm fanatics.
SEVEN terror suspects arrested yesterday are thought to be involved in a plot to finance an al-Qaeda group using drug money.

Cash for the al-Shabaab terrorist network in Somalia is said to come from the export of a plant called khat to the US and Canada.

It is legal in the UK, selling for under £2 a kilo, but banned in North America. It can fetch £350 a kilo on the black market there. It is also believed the suspects were involved in an alleged racket to supply weapons to Somali pirates.

More than 500 counter-terrorism cops backed by local police and officers from the UK Border Agency carried out dawn raids in London, Coventry and Cardiff.

Homeland Security Investigations from the US were also involved in the operation, codenamed Iridescent.

A source said last night: “A line of inquiry is the providing of money to finance terrorism and al-Shabaab in Somalia. Sales of khat are believed to be the source.

“Also being looked at is the sending of weapons to the US for onward shipment to pirates in Somalia.”

A man aged 49 and a woman aged 45 were detained at the same address in Croydon, South London. It was not clear whether they are man and wife. Two men aged 49 and 30 were arrested in the London suburb of Brent.

A man aged 45 and a man aged 42 were picked up in Coventry and another man aged 40 was arrested in Cardiff.

Warrants were granted allowing searches at 12 residential addresses.

The suspects are all thought to have links to Britain’s Somali community.

A police statement said: “The arrests were a part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation into suspected fundraising for terrorism overseas.”