British man faces charges over ricin recipe

A British man of Pakistani descent recently appeared in a London court to face accusations that he possessed bomb-making instructions and a recipe to produce the deadly poison ricin.

Asim Kauser has been charged with four offenses under anti-terror legislation after being arrested for possessing the illegal material on a USB key, according to AFP.

Kauser was taken into custody at his home near Manchester, England, on June 6, in an operation conducted by a British anti-terrorism unit.

At the city of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, Kauser spoke only to confirm his name and address. He showed no emotion as the charges were read aloud, according to the Guardian.

Kauser was charged with the possession of records of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. Kauser’s lawyer asked for no bail application and the case was adjourned until mid-July for committal to London’s Central Criminal Court.

A spokesman for the Greater Manchester Police said the offenses are alleged to have taken place between January 2009 and June 2011.

“There is no evidence to suggest that any communities in the Greater Manchester area are at risk in connection with the alleged offences under investigation,” the spokesman said, according to