Radio Sandwell News

Man charged over Syria kidnapping of UK photographer

2012-10-16 23:28:30

Scotland Yard

A 26-year-old man has been charged with the kidnap of a British photographer in Syria, the Metropolitan Police says.

John Cantlie, who had worked for the Sunday Times, was taken hostage by Islamist militant fighters in Syria for a week in July.

Shajul Islam is accused of imprisoning Mr Cantlie and Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans against their will.

He was arrested at Heathrow on 9 October and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 17 October.

Earlier, a 26-year-old woman who was arrested at Heathrow Airport alongside Mr Islam on suspicion of terrorism was released without charge.

Speaking at the time of their arrest, Scotland Yard said the pair had flown to the UK from Egypt and confirmed both were British.

Two addresses in east London were searched under the Terrorism Act in connection with police inquiries, the Met added.


Share this story

Related Stories

News around the web

DR Congo: Kidnapped Britons released

Britons held in DR Congo freed

Student groups with a million members back call for second Brexit referendum

Brexit: UK government to host summit on why other countries should join the EU

Metropolitan Police's facial recognition technology 98% inaccurate, figures show

Missing Joe Tilley found dead in Colombia

Russian embassy in Paris requests info from France on knife attacker's nationality

Nearly half a million 'hidden' young people left without state help to survive and find work, ministers warned

Crystal meth found at Home Office headquarters as Sajid Javid boasts about sniffer dogs' prowess

Theresa May faces deadlock over Brexit customs rules, after senior politicians attack both proposed options

Image Slider