3 Charged in Plot to Kill Brown

Suspects face murder, terror charges after online threats to PM
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 9:00 AM CDT
Barack Obama talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street, London, Saturday, July 26, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Three British citizens have been charged with terror offenses for allegedly plotting to assassinate Gordon Brown, the Guardian reports. The suspects, who will appear in court in London today, belong to a group calling itself Al-Qaeda in Britain. They are accused of everything from soliciting murder to inviting support of a terrorist organization, although it's believed that no detailed plans were in place to kill the prime minister.

The indicted men posted threats against Brown and his predecessor, Tony Blair, on a jihadi website, where they demanded that British forces pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Two other suspects, one from Eastern Europe and the other a white British convert to Islam, are still being questioned. One friend of the latter suspect expressed surprise, telling the Telegraph that "I used to see him at the mosque and he doesn't have extreme views."