A man and a woman arrested on Alum Rock Road last week on suspicion of terrorism offences have been charged.

Ummariyat Mirza, aged 21, from Washwood Heath, and Zainub Mirza, aged 23 from Bordesley Green, were arrested by officers from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU) on Wednesday 29th March on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts and were detained under terrorism legislation.

They have both been charged as outlined below and will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court later today (06/04).

Ummariyat Mirza

1.    On or before the 29 day of March 2017, with the intention of committing acts of terrorism engaged in conduct in preparation for giving effect to his intention, namely by conducting research and purchasing a knife and other items which would assist him carry out an attack in the UK. Contrary to section 5(1) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

2.    On 2 February 2017, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, possessed a document containing information of a kind likely to be of use to a person preparing or committing an act of terrorism, namely the ‘Anarchist Cookbook 2000’. Contrary to s.58(1)(b) Terrorism Act 2000.

3.    On 28 February 2017, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, possessed a document containing information of a kind likely to be of use to a person preparing or committing an act of terrorism, namely the ‘Mujahideen Poisons handbook’. Contrary to s.58(1)(b) Terrorism Act 2000.

Zainub Mirza

1.    On 10 January 2017, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, provided a service to others, namely sent a link to a beheading video, that enabled others to listen to or look at a terrorist publication, namely a video of a beheading, intending an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, or being reckless as to whether her conduct has such an effect. Contrary to section 2(1) and (2)(d) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

2.    On 11 January 2017, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, provided a service to others, namely sent a link to an ISIS propaganda video showing a number of beheadings and executions, that enabled others to listen to or look at a terrorist publication, namely a video of a beheading, intending an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, or being reckless as to whether her conduct has such an effect. Contrary to section 2(1) and (2)(d) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

3.    On 13 January 2017, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, provided a service to others, namely sent a link to an execution video, that enabled others to listen to or look at a terrorist publication, namely a video of an execution, intending an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, or being reckless as to whether her conduct has such an effect. Contrary to section 2(1) and (2)(d) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

4.    On 14 January 2017, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, distributed a terrorist publication, namely an image of a male holding two severed heads, intending an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, or being reckless as to whether her conduct has such an effect. Contrary to section 2(1) and (2)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

5.    On 23 January 2017, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, provided a service to others, namely sent a link to a beheading video, that enabled others to listen to or look at a terrorist publication, namely a video of a beheading, intending an effect of her conduct to be a direct or indirect encouragement to the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, or being reckless as to whether her conduct has such an effect. Contrary to section 2(1) and (2)(d) of the Terrorism Act 2006.

 

Police searched six properties in Birmingham – five homes and one business address – as part of the investigation; these searches have completed.

The arrests were pre-planned and intelligence-led and there was no risk to the public’s safety.

These charges are not linked to the Westminster attack.