A man arrested close to Downing Street has been remanded in custody after appearing in court on a terrorism charge.
Khalid Mohammed Omar Ali, 27, who was detained in Whitehall on April 27, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (May 10).
The bearded defendant, from Edmonton, north London, appeared in the dock wearing handcuffs and flanked by four security guards and two men in suits.
He is charged with preparation for a terrorist act on or before April 27, when he was arrested in the heart of political London.
He also faces two charges of making or having explosives related to activity in Afghanistan in 2012.
Ali, who appeared unrepresented in court, declined to enter pleas to any of the charges, telling chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot: “I don’t recognise the charges.”
He was remanded in custody to appear next at the Old Bailey on May 19.