London: Nine men charged with plotting
terror attacks were remanded in custody until February 15 at
England`s central criminal court on Friday.
At the Old Bailey in London, Judge David Calvert-Smith
said their trial would not take place until at least January
The men were arrested on December 20 when police
raided properties in Birmingham, London, Cardiff and the
central town of Stoke-on-Trent.
The raids took place after several months of
surveillance and monitoring by police and intelligence
A dozen suspects were arrested but three were
The nine are alleged to have also targeted political
and religious figures in the plot in the run-up to Christmas.
Aged between 19 and 28, the suspects are charged with
conspiring to cause explosions likely to endanger life or
damage property between November 6 and December 21.
A further charge alleges they were preparing for acts
of terrorism between the same dates.