British marine charged with terror offense

LONDON, Sept. 2 (UPI) — British prosecutors charged a member of the Royal Marines with terrorism offenses Friday in court.

Ciaran Maxwell, 30, originally from Northern Ireland’s Antrim County, was charged with one count of terrorism, one of fraud and one of marijuana possession. The terrorism charge is related to dissident paramilitary activities in Northern Ireland.

He is accused of “creating and maintaining” hiding places to store explosives and ingredients for explosives in England and in Northern Ireland, and maintaining a library of documents useful in the “the manufacture of explosive substances, the construction of explosive devices and tactics used by terrorist organizations.”

He was also allegedly in possession of a Northern Ireland police uniform and forged police identification.

The fraud charges relate to bank ATM cards.

Maxwell was arrested Aug. 24 in Somerset County and transferred to a London police station last week, where he was questioned on suspicion of involvement in the preparation of acts of terrorism. The violations are specified under Britain’s Terrorism Act.

On Friday he appeared at a three-minute hearing in Westminster Magistrates Court to face charges, after which he was remanded again to police custody. He is due back in court on Monday.



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