Computer specialist arrested in UK for links with Al Qaeda

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 05, 2012 07:20 hrs

A man suspected of having links with Al-Qaeda has been arrested in the UK.

The accused, Minh Quang Pham, who is a computer specialist, is accused of providing expert advice and assistance in photography and graphic design for AQAP's media wing.

Pham, who is thought to be Vietnamese, is said to have received military-style training and helped AQAP with their propaganda efforts.

Janice Fedarcyk, Assistant Director-in-Charge at the FBI, said: "The defendant not only allegedly pledged an oath to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and received military training from AQAP, he also helped design and disseminate its propaganda".

According to sources, Pham had been living in South London since 2005 where he ran his own computer company.

Last year, on July 27, he was arrested on his return to Heathrow via Bahrain when live ammunition was found in his possession, The Telegraph reports.

He was subsequently served with a deportation notice on national security grounds, but last week he was re-arrested on a U.S. extradition warrant.

An indictment released by the US Department of Justice, accused Pham of providing material support to AQAP, based in Yemen, along with others 'known and unknown'.

Pham knew that AQAP 'had engaged and was engaging in terrorist activity', and faces life imprisonment in the U.S.

Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, New York, praised the 'extraordinary cooperation' of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI's Washington Field Office who worked with the Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Service in Britain for the arrest.

A Home Office spokesman said: "Pham, who is wanted in the U.S. for terrorism-related offences, was arrested in the UK on 29 June and has been remanded in custody. He will appear in court in due course." (ANI)

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