A BRITISH terrorist suspect deported from Zambia had attended an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan, become a combat training expert and met Osama bin Laden, a court was told yesterday.
Haroon Rashid Aswat, 31, appeared before Bow Street magistrates, sitting in Belmarsh prison, southeast London, less than 24 hours after a specially chartered jet brought him back to Britain.
Mr Aswat, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was arrested upon landing on a provisional extradition warrant issued by the United States.
He is accused by the US authorities of attempting to establish a jihad training camp in Oregon in 1999. The court was told that Mr Aswat was sent to America by a London-based cleric to assess the suitability of a ranch for a base at Bly, Oregon.
The intention was to train British and American recruits in martial arts, hand-to-hand combat and weapons to fight the jihad in Afghanistan.