LONDON -- A man arrested after giving an interview about his friendship with a suspect in the killing of a British soldier has been charged with terror offenses, British police said Friday.
Ibrahim Abdullah-Hassan - who also goes by the name Abu Nusaybah - was arrested last week following a BBC interview in which he said British security services had tried to recruit his friend, Michael Adebolajo.
Adebolajo - one of two main suspects in the killing of Lee Rigby - is still hospitalized after police shot and arrested him. The other suspect, Michael Adebowale, has been charged with murder.
Police have said that the 30-year-old Nusaybah's arrest wasn't directly tied to Rigby's killing.
On Friday, Scotland Yard said he has been charged with three offenses - which relate to filmed recordings of lectures and written text - that allegedly encouraged acts of terrorism.
Nusaybah appeared for a brief hearing at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, where he spoke only to confirm his name and personal details.
He was kept in custody and is scheduled to appear on June 28 at London's Old Bailey court.
The charges come one day after Adebowale appeared in court, handcuffed, to face the murder charge in relation to Rigby's death.
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