German Muslim converts in UK court on terror charges

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Two German converts to Islam appeared at England's central criminal court on Monday charged with having information which could be of use in terrorism.

Christian Emde, 28, and Robert Baum, 23, appeared at the Old Bailey court in central London. They were arrested at the port of Dover on England's southeast coast on July 15.

The pair, from the city of Solingen in western Germany, were alleged to have had the material on a computer and a hard-drive.

Emde was further charged with four offences under Britain's Terrorism Act, relating to literature with titles such as "Destroying Buildings" and "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom".

The pair appeared in court wearing black prayer caps and refused to stand up for the judge when he entered the room.

They were remanded in custody to face trial in February, possibly at the top-security Woolwich Crown Court in southeast London.

They will next appear in court in December for a plea and management hearing.

© 2011 AFP

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