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Man charged with encouragement of terrorism offence

News   •   Oct 10, 2019 17:00 BST

Detectives from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command have today, 10 October, charged a 66-year-old man with a terrorism offence in connection with a speech made in August 2016.

Altaf Hussain (17.09.1953), of Abbey View, Mill Hill, NW7, was charged under section 1(2) of the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2006 with encouraging terrorism, namely:

On 22 August 2016 published a speech to crowds gathered in Karachi, Pakistan which were likely to be understood by some or all of the members of the public to whom they were published as a direct or indirect encouragement to them to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism and at the time he published them, intended them to be so encouraged, or was reckless as to whether they would be so encouraged.

Altaf Hussain appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 10 October and was released on bail to appear at the Old Bailey on 1 November.

Hussain was previously arrested on 11 June on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting offences contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. He was released on bail and subsequently charged as above.