Moazzam Begg had passport confiscated by Home Office in December

Birmingham man, who was held at Guantanamo Bay 10 years ago, arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.
 Birmingham Mail
Moazzam Begg
Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg – who was arrested on terror offences in Birmingham today – had his passport confiscated before Christmas.
Begg, 45, from Hall Green, was one of four people arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences .
He is being held on suspicion of attending a terrorist training camp and facilitating terrorism overseas.
He had his passport confiscated in December and reportedly visited Syria in 2012.
He claims he was told that it was told that it was ‘not in the public interest’ for him to keep his passport after returning from South Africa after commemorating the death of Nelson Mandela.
The Home Office used Royal Prerogative power to seize the passport.
Speaking after the confiscation Mr Begg said he believed the Home Office was trying to discredit him after he gave evidence to an inquiry into Britain’s alleged complicity in rendition and torture.
A man aged 36 from Shirley, a 44-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son from Sparkhill, were detained on suspicion of assisting terrorism overseas.
All four people arrested are being held at a police station in the West Midlands.
Their three home addresses are being searched by officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.
Vehicles and electronic equipment are being removed for forensic analysis.
Head of investigations for West Midlands Police’s Counter Terrorism Unit, Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, said: “All four arrests are connected. They were pre-planned and intelligence led. There was no immediate risk to public safety.
“We continue to urge anyone planning to travel to Syria to read the advice issued by the Foreign Office.”
Begg was held by the US government at Guantanamo for nearly three years after being arrested in Pakistan in February 2002 suspected of being a member of al-Qaeda.
He was released without charge in January 2005 and in recent years has been a campaigner with the group Caged, which campaigns for those it says are unfairly targeted by the west’s war on terror.
Begg was one of the most outspoken opponents of the Project Champion spy camera scheme introduced by police in Birmingham in 2010.
The anti-terror surveillance system was installed in mainly Muslim areas of Birmingham.

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