National Action “co-founder” Ben Raymond charged with terrorist offenses

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Co-founder of the neo-Nazi group National Action is accused of membership in a terrorist organization

  • Ben Raymond, 31, was arrested in Swindon by West Midlands police on Tuesday
  • Police said he was interrogated for three days at a Wiltshire police station
  • He is facing four charges, including membership in a terrorist organization
  • Police have confirmed that he will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on April 28

The co-founder of the neo-Nazi group National Action has today been accused of membership in a terrorist organization.

Ben Raymond, 31, from Swindon, has also been charged with possessing material likely to be useful to a terrorist organization.

Raymond will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on April 28.

Ben Raymond, 31, from Swindon, has been charged with membership in a terrorist organization and three counts of possessing material likely to be useful to terrorists

Ben Raymond, 31, from Swindon, has been charged with membership in a terrorist organization and three counts of possessing material likely to be useful to terrorists

He will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 28, photo submission

He will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 28, photo submission

He will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on April 28, photo submission

He was arrested and interviewed by the West Midlands Police Department at a police station in Wiltshire.

He was interrogated under caution and on Tuesday, Wednesday and today he was charged with terrorist offenses.

The government’s decision to ban national action went into effect in December 2016, making membership of the group punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

At the time the ban was instituted, the Interior Ministry said the neo-Nazi group was the first far-right organization to be banned as a terrorist organization.

Later, the government extended the ban to Scottish Dawn and NS131 identified as National Action aliases.

Under the Terrorism Act 2000, the Secretary of the Interior can issue an order that an alternate name or alias should be treated as another name for a banned organization.

Decisions on whether to ban or renew a particular organization’s ban are made after extensive consideration and in the light of a full assessment of the available information, the Interior Ministry said.

In the official list of banned groups, National Action is described as a ‘racist neo-Nazi group’ founded in 2013.

The group is ‘virulent racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic’ and its activities and propaganda material, according to the document, are mainly aimed at recruiting young people.

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