British-Bangladeshi man remanded over UK PM killing plot
A man, introducing himself as a British-Bangladeshi, has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of a plot to bomb Downing Street’s security gates and then kill Theresa May.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, from north London, planned to detonate a homemade bomb and attack the PM with a suicide vest and a knife.
A second man also appeared in court charged with preparing terrorist acts.
Both men will appear at London’s Old Bailey on 20 December.
Mr Rahman is charged with the preparation of terrorist acts and is also charged with assisting another man to prepare separate acts of terrorism.
The second charge relates to allegedly helping Mohammad Aqib Imran, 21, from Birmingham, who is accused is charged with preparing acts of terrorism.
He is alleged to have taken several steps in an attempt to travel to Libya.
That included saving money, trying to secure a false passport, and researching extremist ideologies and travel options.
The men were arrested by Metropolitan Police officers on 28 November within 90 minutes of one another.
During the seven minute hearing, the men – dressed in light grey sweatshirts and trousers – confirmed their names, addresses and dates of birth.
Mr Rahman gave his nationality as Bangladeshi-British, while Mr Imran gave his as Pakistani-British.
Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded the men in custody ahead of the Old Bailey appearance.
The magistrates’ court appearances comes a day after a security review said it was “conceivable” that the Manchester Arena bombing in May, in which 22 people were killed, could have been prevented.
But MI5 chief Andrew Parker told Mrs May and the Cabinet on Tuesday that about nine alleged Islamist terror plots have been foiled since March.