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Terror suspect 'caught with bomb-making chemicals, detonators and papers about Jihad', court hears

A terror suspect caught with bomb making chemicals, detonators and documents about Jihad told police he was trying to start an ‘explosives business’, a court heard.

Asad Bhatti, 47, is charged with five terrorism offences including possessing chemicals capable of making the explosive substance nitroglycerin.

He is also charged with possessing improvised detonators and documents making reference to jihad and combat in a storage unit and in his home in Surrey.

He was arrested after officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) raided his property in Redhill on January 8.

Bhatti allegedly told police the explosive material had ‘nothing to do with terrorism’.

Bhatti appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (pictured: Library image) today in a dark grey jumper from custody and spoke to confirm his name, address and age

He told police he was storing the chemicals to make an ‘explosives substances business'.

Bhatti appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today in a dark grey jumper from custody and spoke to confirm his name, address and age.

He did not enter a plea, nor were the charges read during the brief hearing.

James Cable, prosecuting, said two remote detonators designed to be used with two mobile phones were found badly corroded in the storage unit.

An improvised detonator retrieved from the house with a metal tube with wires inside was found with a low explosive substance.

He was arrested after officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) raided his property in Redhill on January 8.

Defending, Steven Young, said Bhatti had 'nothing to do with terrorism'.

Bhatti was denied bail by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot.

He is charged with two counts of possessing an article for the purpose of terrorism, contrary to Section 57 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and three counts of making or possessing an explosive under suspicious circumstances contrary to Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.

He was remanded in custody and will next appear at the Old Bailey on 5 february.

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