A father-of-one from Wembley accused of plotting to murder British and American soldiers with roadside bombs in Iraq has appeared in court.
Anis Abid Sardar, 37, was arrested at his home in Llandover Road, by anti-terror police on Tuesday on suspicion of making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the wartorn country in 2007.
Sardar was subsequently charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiring to cause an explosion with intent to endanger life or property.
The charges relate to a number of unexploded bombs found in Iraq’s Al Anbar province – a region of fierce resistance by insurgent forces against coalition troops.
The province shares a border with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia and has a predominantly Sunni population.
Sardar appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he spoke only to confirm his name and age.
Mark Dawson, prosecuting, said: “Mr Sardar is charged with one count of conspiracy to murder and one count of conspiring to cause an explosion with intent to endanger life.
“These are indictable only offences and I invite your honour to send this to the central criminal court.’
Hossein Zahir, for Sardar, applied for a restriction banning reporting of the defendant’s address.
Refusing the application, Judge Howard Riddle said: “The reality is that the police have been present at this address for some time, and it will be obvious to the neighbours what has been happening.
“The powers of the contempt of court act are not there to spare embarrassment and there is no evidence of any risk.”
Sardar is charged with conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion with intent to endanger life or property.
He was remanded in custody ahead of a preliminary hearing at the Old Bailey on October 3.