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UPDATE: Man appears in court charged with encouragement of terrorism offence

News   •   Nov 01, 2019 15:37 GMT

A man charged with a terrorism offence in connection with speech made in August 2016 has today, Friday, 1 November appeared at court.

On Thursday, 10 October, Altaf Hussain (17.09.53), 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.

Hussain appeared that day at Westminster Magistrates' Court and was bailed to appear at the Old Bailey today.

He has been further bailed to appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and trial preparation hearing on 20 March 2020. A trial has provisionally been set to start on 1 June 2020.