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Muslim converts in U.K. court over terror know-how

LONDON: Two German converts to Islam appeared at England’s central criminal court Monday charged with having information which could be of use in terrorism.

Christian Emde, 28, and Robert Baum, 23, appeared at the Old Bailey court in central London. They were arrested at the port of Dover on England’s southeast coast on July 15.

The pair, from the city of Solingen in western Germany, were alleged to have had the material on a computer and a hard-drive.

Emde was further charged with four offenses under Britain’s Terrorism Act, relating to literature with titles such as “Destroying Buildings” and “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom.”

The pair appeared in court wearing black prayer caps and refused to stand up for the judge when he entered the room. They were remanded in custody to face trial in February, possibly at the top-security Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London. They will next appear in court in December for a plea and management hearing.

Separately, another six men appeared in a London court Monday on terrorism charges – three of them charged with plotting suicide bomb attacks in Britain.

The men were arrested in the central England city of Birmingham last week as part of a “major operation” by counterterrorism police and charged late Sunday.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 27, 2011, on page 11.

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