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Men charged over Nazi group to appear in UK court
Men charged over Nazi group to appear in UK court

3 men face range of terrorism-related charges over alleged membership of banned 'National Action' organization

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three men charged with terrorism offenses linked to a banned neo-Nazi group are to appear in court in London on Tuesday.

West Midlands Police said all three are charged with membership of an illegal organization. Two of the accused also face charges of possessing terrorist documents and one also faces a firearms charge.

The three -- Alexander Deakin, 22, from Birmingham, England; Mikko Vehvilainen, 32, from Powys, Wales and Mark Barrett, 24, with an address in Gaza Crescent, Dhekelia Garrison, Southern Cyprus -- will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court.

The charges follow the arrests of five individuals last week in what police called a “pre-planned and intelligence-led” operation.

National Action was proscribed as a terror organization in December 2016. 

The anti-Semitic and white supremacist group had celebrated the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in June 2016 by far-right extremist Thomas Mair.

It describes itself as a "National Socialist youth organization", however, Home Secretary Amber Rudd described it as “racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic”.

“It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone,” she added. 

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