HeadLine: TERROR SUSPECTS APPEAR IN COURT
The Mirror, 26/12/2002, p24
by SHAUN MILNE
A MASSIVE security operation surrounded the first court appearance of
suspected members of an Edinburgh-based terrorist cell.
The seven men arrived at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in an armoured van
escorted from their top security cells by a convoy of police cars,
motorcycles and a helicopter.
Police officers guarded doors and patrolled the courthouse corridors
during the hour-long hearing.
The men – all of North African origin – were arrested under the
Terrorism Act last week in a series of dawn swoops in the Capital and
Each one appeared separately in private at the court on Christmas Eve
and all were remanded in custody. None of the seven made any plea.
Chief Insp Morris Blair said: “Security has been as tight as it has
needed to be.”
The men were named as: Abdellah Abdelhafid, 33, Sofiane Lahamar Hassim
Ziem, 29, both of West Ealing, London, Mourad Idir Abes, 27, of Cowley,
Oxford, Karim Benamghar, 31, Salah Moullef, 32, Hakim Ziem, 31, all of
Edinburgh, and Ghalem Belhadj, 36, a prisoner at Kilmarnock.
All except one of the men are being held at high-security Govan Police
Station in Glasgow.
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