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Five men in court on Syria-related terror and fraud charges

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Five men from London have appeared in court charged with a range of Syria-related terror and fraud offences.

The men were arrested by counter-terror officers on 30 November at Dover and on 1 and 4 December in London and appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

The charges include the preparation of acts of terrorism, assisting others to travel to Syria, and conspiracy to possess false identity documents.

A sixth man appeared alongside them charged with separate terror offences.

The court heard how Michael Coe, 33, and Simon Keeler, 43, both from east London, are accused of attempting to leave Dover holding false documents in the back of a lorry in late November.

Detectives say they were planning to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State (IS) militants.

They are both charged with preparation and assisting others in preparation of acts of terrorism, support of a proscribed organisation, and conspiracy to possess false identity documents

False documents charge

Police say two other men, Zagum Perviaz, 35, and Hamzah Safdar, 24, also from east London, helped to produce the documents that Mr Coe and Mr Keeler were said to have been carrying when they were arrested.

They are charged with conspiring to possess and produce false identity documents.

The court heard that a fifth man, Anthony Small, 33, of south-east London allegedly helped Mr Coe and Mr Keeler attempt to travel to Syria.

He planned to travel to Syria at a later date, police say.

Mr Small is charged with preparation and assisting others in preparation of acts of terrorism, support of a proscribed organisation, and conspiracy to possess false identity documents.

All five men were remanded in custody and will appear again before the Central Criminal Court in the New Year.

A sixth man, Abdulraouf Eshati, 28, of no fixed address, appeared in court alongside the men on separate charges.

He is charged with possession of articles in connection to the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism and offences under the Immigration Act 1971. He was also remanded in custody.