Britain arrests former Guantanamo detainee on terror charges

British citizen and former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested Tuesday along with three others on suspicion of Syrian-related terror offenses.
By JC Finley  |  Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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LONDON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- British police confirmed Tuesday that they have arrested former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg on terror charges.

A West Midlands police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that Moazzam Begg was arrested this morning. We are confirming this name as a result of the anticipated high public interest." Begg was arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of Syrian-related terrorism offenses, including attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas. Three other people were also arrested on suspicion of facilitating terrorism overseas.

Begg, 45, was a detainee at Guantanamo Bay for nearly three years before his January 2005 release. A British citizen from Birmingham, he was returned to the UK. He moved with his family to Afghanistan in 2001, before the war. He was arrested in Islamabad in 2002, where he had after the war in Afghanistan prompted his relocation.


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