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Dorset man admits terror charges
11:32am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
Muslim convert Richard Dart admitted terrorism charges at the Old Bailey today.
Dart, Imran Mahmood and Jahangir Alom pleaded guilty to preparing for terrorism or assisting another in terrorism, between July 2010 and July last year.
Dart, 29, originally from Weymouth, but now living in west London, Mahmood, 21, from Northolt, west London, and Alom, 26, of Stratford, east London, were arrested between July 5 and 7 last year.
The charges said they travelled to Pakistan for terror training, travelled abroad to commit acts of terrorism and provided information about travel to Pakistan, terrorism training and operational security while there.
They appeared before Mr Justice Simon by prison video-link for a plea and case management hearing. The men had been due to face trial next month.
Dart, the son of teachers from Dorset, appeared in a BBC Three documentary made by his stepbrother after Dart converted to Islam.
In the film, My Brother The Islamist, Dart was said to have been turned into an extremist in months after joining the Muslims Against Crusades group.
Dart, who was said to have changed his name of Salahuddin al-Britani, had reportedly worked as a police community support officer and a BBC security guard.
He fell under the spell of controversial preacher Anjem Choudary while studying carpentry at college in West London.
He said his first meeting with the radical preacher changed his life forever, He gave up drinking alcohol, eating pork and announced he would be happy to fight and die overseas to defeat Western aggression against Islam.