Man arrested near UK Parliament in court on terror charges

Elias Hubbard
May 13, 2017

Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, 27, who was arrested in Whitehall on April 27, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

He is charged with preparing terrorist acts relating to that incident, and faces two other charges of having or making explosives related to activity in Afghanistan in 2012.

LONDON (AP) - Prosecutors say a British man arrested with several knives near Parliament last month is also accused of being an al-Qaida bomb-maker in Afghanistan.

Omar Ali is believed to be a United Kingdom national who was born overseas.

Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali was charged with preparation of terrorist acts and unlawful possession of explosive substances.

He appeared in court wearing handcuffs and spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Ali, from north London, told the magistrate: "I don't recognise the charges". He lived outside of Britain between 2011 and 2016.

Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot then directed that not guilty pleas be entered on his behalf.

Police said he was was arrested after being stopped and searched and that it was the result of an ongoing operation.

A man is held by police in Westminster after an arrest was made on Whitehall in central London on April 27, 2017.

He had a kitchen knife in each jacket pocket and a third tucked into the front of his pants, it is said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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