Nine terror suspects appeared in court Monday in London charged with conspiracy to cause explosions in the UK and other terrorism offenses, following dawn arrests Dec. 20.
Three of the defendants were from Cardiff in South Wales, two from London and four from Stoke, central England. They were brought before the City of Westminster Magistrates Court for two brief hearings….
They were charged overnight Monday, according to a statement from Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division: “I have today [Monday] advised the police that nine men should be charged with conspiracy to cause explosions and with engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism with the intention of either committing acts of terrorism or assisting another to commit such acts,” she said.
The nine — aged between 19 and 28 and thought to have roots in Britain’s Bangladeshi community — were among 12 people arrested as part of a major counterterrorism operation by police in the UK….