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Moazzam Begg Remanded Over Terror Charges
Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg has appeared in court charged with providing terrorist training and funding terrorism overseas.
The 45-year-old British citizen, from Hall Green, Birmingham, was one of four people arrested earlier this week on suspicion of terrorism offences linked to the Syria conflict.
He appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court today alongside a woman, Gerrie Tahari, 44, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, who also denied funding terrorism overseas.
Begg was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on March 14.
Both were arrested on Tuesday with two other men held on suspicion of facilitating terrorism overseas.
The pair - a 36-year-old man from Shirley, Solihull, and a 20-year-old man from Sparkhill, Birmingham, who is the son of Tahari - remain in police custody.
Begg was held by the US government at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba for nearly three years after being arrested in Pakistan in February 2002.
He was detained on suspicion of being a member of al Qaeda before being released without charge in January 2005.
He was allowed to return to the UK where he was arrested by police before being released without charge.
Begg is a director of Cage - which campaigns "against the War on Terror" - and has always maintained that he has never been involved in any kind of terrorist activity.
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