UK Muslim Charged in U.S. for Conspiracy to Aid Terrorists

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A federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has returned a three-count Indictment charging Syed Talha Ahsan, 25, of London, England, with participating in a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and participating in a conspiracy to kill innocent peoole and damage property in a foreign country.

At the request of the US Government, Ahsan was arrested earlier Wednesday at his residence in London by members of British law enforcement. Subsequent to his arrest, the Indictment, which was returned on June 28, 2006, was ordered unsealed by United States Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport.


Following his arrest, Ahsan appeared before a magistrate court in London, at which time he was ordered detained pending a bail hearing scheduled for next Wednesday, July 26, in the magistrate court in London.

The court also noted that a formal package from the US Government seeking Ahsan’s extradition to the United States would be due within sixty days, or on or before September 22, 2006. To that end, an official extradition request from the US will be transmitted in due course to British authorities, and is expected to be served upon Ahsan shortly.

“These charges are the result of several years of investigative work by Immigration and FBI agents in New Haven, Naval Criminal Investigation Service (CSIS) agents, and several additional law enforcement partners here in the United States and overseas,” U.S. Attorney O