UK charges man for possessing al-Qaeda magazine

October 19th, 2011 - 8:29 pm ICT by BNO News  

LONDON (BNO NEWS) — A British man who was arrested earlier this year was charged on Wednesday for possessing al-Qaeda’s English-language online magazine, Scotland Yard said.

The 21-year-old man, who has been identified as Hakan Ertarkan, was arrested at an address in north London on April 12 by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Counter Terrorism Command. He was subsequently released on bail as an investigation continued.

Ertarkan was charged on Wednesday for allegedly possessing ‘a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.’ Police identified the record of information as a CD containing the first issue of Inspire, al-Qaeda’s English-language online magazine.

Inspire was launched by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in July 2010 to serve as a guide to potential and future jihadis. Articles so far have included “[How to] Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” and “What to Expect in Jihad.”

However, British police have not said why Ertarkan possessed the magazine and if he was actually interested in or planning to carry out a terrorist attack. He is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on November 1.

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