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Terror suspect held in UK after arriving on Dubai flight

Police say man was in possession of document likely to be of use for terrorism act

Terror suspect held in UK after arriving on Dubai flight
Police patrol Birmingham Airport in the UK
Terror suspect held in UK after arriving on Dubai flight
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A man is being questioned on suspicion of a terrorism offence after being arrested by officers at Birmingham International Airport after arriving on a plane from Dubai.

West Midlands Police said on Tuesday that the 22-year-old was arrested on Monday evening on suspicion of being in possession of a document likely to be of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The man is on student visa, studying in the UK, police said, adding that he was questioned by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit as he arrived on a flight from Dubai.

The suspect document was found in his possession, police added. It is understood that the man was a Pakistani national.

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We Are The People 8 years ago

What, that's it, where is the rest of the story....What is the suspicion is based on? A normal everyday hair dryer can be classified as a bomb making equipment, so if you travel on a flight to London, are you going to become a terror suspect due to the fact that you have a hair dryer within your luggage? Therefore, what was on that document that can be considered a violation of law and not protected by the right to speak or similar constitutional amendments?

Corolex 8 years ago

Why does the title read Dubai flight? It quickly implies that Dubai as a city has direct involvement in the case. Instead the nationality of the person should be mentioned or the flight and carrier information.

Iyhaynicyh 8 years ago

That country has every right to protect it's borders and security. What consitutional rights do you refer to that a person should have if they hold documents that falsify identity for a specific purpose, attempt to gain unlawfull access to security or national sites, contain instructions or guidance for unlawfull actions, contain information of sensitive or security related movements or itineraries plus a whole list of other security related violations that would have you locked up anywhere in the world??

Information regarding security arrests should be kept to a minimum to
1 - not give other idiots ideas to carry out similar activities
2 - Maintain the right to a fair trial by not contaminating actual facts with popular media
3 - maintain integrity of evidence while investigations are ongoing

Common sense I would think?

I take it you fly? Then be thankful many nations are taking security seriously instead of moaning about your consitutional right to carry a hairdryer perhaps.

ghraudeaux 8 years ago

A little patience may help. The police have obviously released only preliminary information, and the media are just reporting what they have thus far. If either party waited until they had more complete corroborated information, they would be accused of withholding news from the public. If on the other hand, they released unsubstantiated details, they would be accused of incompetence if the details proved incorrect.

I know the public's conditioning and desire for instant results, but things don't happen that way. Give the story a few days to unfold and details released as they are confirmed.

Ron 8 years ago

I am sure its just a stupidity of UK police and nothing else. how you can hold a person only due to suspicious documents.

charles 8 years ago

@we are the people
you clearly dont want to reading but instead just want to comment and to belittle what is potentially a very serious situation.
The article and newswires clearly state the following:
"The 22-year-old was arrested on Monday evening on suspicion of being in possession of a document likely to be of use in committing or preparing an act of terrorism."

Shahid Kureshi 8 years ago

Utter rubbish ! where will this masquerade stop.

Telcoguy 8 years ago

@corolex, the article mentions Dubai because he was flying through Dubai and AB has a tendency to highlight Dubai's role on every single news.

@wearethepeople, true. Situation now is that we can no longer ship our backups (in hard disks) to Europe because neither FedEx nor DHL will accept any electronics from Dubai. So far we have managed with people flying to Istanbul or to Europe carrying them in person. If the situation keeps for long it will force some rethinking from our side.

Mark of Zoro 8 years ago

This is a Classic example of the "Superior Chip on your Shoulder" or something like that for which the British are well known. This seems to be the left over’s of their Colonial past when they acted like the Masters of everything under the sky. This is lingering on as a HABIT is very difficult to break. When you try to break it, "ABIT" is left. Try more, and "BIT" is left. Keep on trying, and "IT" is still there. So, like it or not, we have to live with this Superior Special Chip - B7 or whatever - i7 is Intel.

Doug 8 years ago

@We Are The People - the UK has no written constitution and in any case it certainly isn't the US Constitution, so protesting about First Amendment rights is rather irrelevant.

The contents of the document are obviously privy only to the police but given the UK is a signatory to the ECHR I would doubt that this arrest violates any legally protected freedom of expression and the details will become clearer. Out of interest, if this document contains things like detailed instructions about building a dirty bomb and a list of suggested targets for maximum effect, would you consider that to be protected under freedom of expression legislation?

I suspect the person involved in this is quite relieved they didn't get caught by the Dubai authorities - I don't doubt for a second that the Dubai police would be far stricter on suspected terrorists than the UK authorities.