A man who wanted to join Islamic State has denied plotting to assassinate Theresa May in an attack on Downing Street.
Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, pleaded not guilty on Friday to preparing acts of terrorism before his arrest on 28 November last year. It is alleged he carried out reconnaissance of the target location, recorded a pledge of allegiance and purchased a rucksack.
Rahman, of Finchley, north London, also allegedly assisted Mohammad Aqib Imran, 22, in his terrorism plans. On or before 28 November, Rahman recorded and sent to Imran “a sponsorship video in order for him to be accepted by Islamic State”, the charge says.
Court sketch - Rahman left, Imran right
Imran, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham, allegedly tried to join Isis, and is charged with preparing acts of terrorism
Rahman and Imran were arrested in raids by the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command in London and Birmingham.
The pair appeared at the Old Bailey before Mr Justice Haddon-Cave (not him again!) via videolink from Belmarsh prison. They spoke only to confirm their identities and enter not-guilty pleas. They were remanded in custody ahead of their trial on 18 June.