British mosque leader, 53, is charged with encouraging terrorism offences after counter-terror probe as police warn against ‘toxic ideology’
- Abu Bakr Deghayes, 53, was charged following a police investigation
- The probe related to Islamist terrorism, Sussex officers confirmed today
- Mr Deghayes is believed to be still in charge of al-Quds mosque in Brighton.
A mosque leader from Brighton has been charged on suspicion of encouraging the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
Abu Bakr Deghayes, 53, was charged following an investigation relating to Islamist terrorism, Sussex Police said on Wednesday.
He remains in police custody at this time and is due to appear before Westminster magistrates on Wednesday.
This follows an arrest made on Tuesday by officers
Abu Bakr Deghayes, 53, was charged following an investigation relating to Islamist terrorism
Superintendent Rachel Swinney, of Sussex Police, said on Tuesday: ‘Today’s operation demonstrates that we, along with our partners in CTPSE (Counter Terrorism Policing South East), take seriously reports of all forms of toxic ideology which has the potential to divide our communities and threaten the safety of our people.
‘I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those within the community who support and assist officers during investigations of this nature.
‘By reporting information to us as soon as possible, we are able to act promptly and ensure the welfare of the public.
Mr Deghayes is believed to be still in charge of al-Quds mosque in Brighton, pictured here
‘Although this individual resided in our area, it is not believed that there is any immediate threat to the safety of local communities and I would urge people to refrain from speculation.
‘However, we understand that operations like this can often cause concern therefore we, along with our partners, will be in the community over the coming days to answer any questions or concerns.’
Mr Deghayes is believed to be still in charge of al-Quds mosque in Brighton.