Four men accused of plotting the botched July 21 bomb attacks on London’s transport network appeared in court for the first time on Monday.
In a high-security operation, the men were ferried from London’s Paddington Green police station to the magistrates’ court at Belmarsh prison in south-east London in armed convoys accompanied by helicopter.
One by one,The men appeared before district judge Timothy Workman. Ibrahim Muktar Said, 27, of Stoke Newington, north London, appeared first, charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to endanger life by using explosives and making or possessing explosives with intent to endanger life.
Next to appear was Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 32, who faces charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to endanger life by using explosives.
Ramzi Mohamed, 23, from North Kensington, west London, and Yasin Omar, 24, from New Southgate, north London, faced the same four charges as Mr Said.
The charges relate to attempted detonation of bombs on Tube trains at Oval and Warren Street stations and on a bus in east London on July 21, as well as the discovery of a suspected bomb in a rucksack on open ground at Little Wormwood Scrubs two days after the alleged attacks.
No bail applications were made on behalf of any of the defendants and all four were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing on November 14. None of them were in the dock for more than a few minutes.
Three other men also appeared before the court charged in connection with the failed July 21 attacks. Siraj Yassin Abdullah Ali, 30, of New Southgate; Wharbi Mohammed, 22, of Notting Hill, west London; and Asias Girma, 20, of Stockwell, south London, were charged with failing to disclose information and assisting in evading arrest.