Britons previously jailed for "terror financing" apprehended in Hungary

Britons previously jailed for "terror financing" apprehended in Hungary
Two British men previously jailed for 'financing terrorism' have been arrested in Hungary after breaking a UK travel ban and suspected on trying to reach IS territories in Syria.
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18 November, 2015
The suspects were apprehended close to the Hungarian border [AFP]

Two British nationals banned from travelling abroad after serving jail terms for financing terrorism have been apprehended in Hungary on a train headed for Romania, Hungarian police said Wednesday.

The two men, named as Jonathan K, 40, and Trevor B, 44, were intercepted on Saturday on an international train at Lokoshaza, a crossing point on the Romanian border.

According to a Hungarian police statement, the pair each served two jail terms totalling five years in the UK.

After their release in 2009, both were barred from leaving Britain without permission.

The two men were taken into custody by Hungarian police because they did not have legal documents entitling them to stay in the EU member state.

One of them presented a British driving licence and the other just a Koran.

Only after their detention did it emerge that both were subject to a European arrest warrant, police spokeswoman Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs told AFP.

"The men will appear shortly at a court in Budapest to decide on the extradition," Csiszer-Kovacs said.

She added that it was unclear what their intended final destination had been, although it was possible they were on their way to Syria via Bulgaria and Turkey.

There was no suggestion that the men were implicated in Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.

On Wednesday, Israel announced that it had arrested six Israeli-Arabs on suspicion of planning to travel to Syria to join IS. 

The case was sparked by a man's paraglider journey, police said.

All in their 20s and from Jaljulia north of Tel Aviv, the six were charged with "collaborating with hostile foreign forces and planning to travel to Syria illegally to join the ranks of the Islamic State," spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

The charges also included providing assistance to leave the country to join the extremists.