British Woman Accused Of Backing Kashmir Terrorists
7 March 2005
London: A British woman appeared at Bow Street magistrates court in London yesterday accused of supplying weapons to a terrorist group linked to al-Qaida. Frzana Khan, 41, was charged with providing the Kashmiri separatist fighters Lashkar-e-Taiba (LT) with money and with goods described as guns, thermal imaging equipment, material for bulletproof vests, and other hi-tech military gear. Lashkar-e- Taiba (the Army of the Righteous) has been described as one of the biggest and most highly trained groups fighting in Kashmir against India, and has been held responsible for the killing of thousands of Indian soldiers. Appearing with Mrs Khan was Mohammed Ajmal Khan, 30, who is charged with directing terrorism, and two counts of conspiring to provide money and weapons for LT. The direction of terrorism charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and the maximum jail terms for the conspiracy charges are 14 years each. A third defendant, Palvinder Singh, 29, appeared on the same two conspiracy charges. The charges relate to the period between March 29 2001 and March 1 2005. All three defendants live in Coventry. Mrs Khan was described in court as a 'full-time mother' with two sons aged 11 and 12. She was born and brought up in Coventry, where she lives with her husband, a taxi driver. She also owns and lets three properties. No bail applications were made for the two men, and district judge Timothy Workman turned down an application on behalf of Mrs Khan. The three defendants, who spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses, were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on March 14.