Shajul Islam a 26-year-old man who appeared at Westminster magistrate’s Court today, charged with the kidnapping of British photographer John Cantlie in Syria, has been remanded in custody. Following his arrest with his wife, travelling from Egypt, at Heathrow Airport on the 9th October.
Islam is accused of imprisoning John Cantlie and Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans in an Islamist training camp for a week against their will. Wednesday's court hearing was told by prosecutor Piers Arnold that Mr Islam - a trainee doctor who studied at St Bart's and University London Hospital - had joined a jihadist group in Syria and worked as a medic for them.
The 26-year- woman who had been arrested at Heathrow alongside Mr Islam on suspicion of terrorism was released without charge. Speaking at the time of their arrest, Scotland Yard said the pair had flown to the UK from Egypt and confirmed both were British.
The next hearing will take place on 2 November at the Old Bailey.
Written and presented by Ann Salter