Dover arrests: Driver held with terror suspects appears in court

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A lorry driver arrested along with two terrorism suspects in Dover has appeared in court over alleged people trafficking.

Laurentia-vasilica Zahria, of no fixed address, was stopped by anti-terrorism officers as he tried to leave the UK via the port on Sunday evening.

The 37-year-old was remanded in custody by Westminster magistrates.

The men arrested with Mr Zahria were among five held on Sunday and Monday on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

Mr Zahria, who used an interpreter and spoke only to confirm his name, is charged with one count of facilitating non-European Union travel to a member state.

He will appear in court at a later date.

At the time of his arrest, 12 other men and one woman who were in the same vehicle were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

The five terrorism suspects were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command (SO15).

Two were held in Dover on Sunday evening, two were arrested in east London in the early hours of Monday, and another was held in Dover at about 08:30 GMT on Monday.

The arrests were all on suspicion of "commission, preparation or instigation" of terrorism, and on Tuesday police were granted extra time to question them.

It is understood the police operation is about possible terrorist activity in Syria.

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