A serving member of the British Army, who has been charged with terror and explosives offenses, appeared in court on Saturday, adding another slur to the string of scandals and crimes across the British armed forces.
The 21-year-old Daniel Abed Khalife, of Beaconside, Stafford, had a brief preliminary hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.
He was charged over two incidents at RAF Stafford in the area of Beaconside in August 2021 and January this year.
He is accused of eliciting or attempting to elicit information “about an individual who was or had been a member of His Majesty’s forces which was of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism” in Beaconside in August 2021.
The second charge alleges he committed a “bomb hoax” by placing an article with the intent on 2 January this year.
According to court documents, Khalife is accused of placing “three canisters with wires at RAF Stafford with the intention of inducing in another a belief that the said article was likely to explode or ignite and thereby cause personal injury or damage to property.”
At the request of prosecutor Tom Williams, the district judge, Annabel Pilling, adjourned the plea before venue proceedings until 3 February. She remanded Khalife in custody, to appear again at the same court on that date.
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