UK police charge five men with national security offences linked to Russia

By Thomson Reuters Apr 26, 2024 | 6:21 AM

LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Friday five men, including a British national, have been charged in relation to alleged hostile state activity intended to benefit Russia.

Dylan Earl, 20, appeared in a London court on Saturday charged with two offences under the National Security Act in relation to “activity likely to benefit Russia”, according to court records.

Earl was also charged with arson in relation to a commercial premises in London. Two other men, Paul English, 60, and Nii Kojo Menash, 21, have also been charged with arson.

Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement that the arson charges related to “an arson attack on a Ukrainian-linked commercial property in March 2024”.

Two further defendants appeared at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday. Jake Reeves, 22, was charged with agreeing to accept a material benefit from a foreign intelligence service and arson.

Dmirtrijus Paulauskas, 22, was charged with failing to disclose information to police about terrorist acts.

The CPS said the charges against Reeves and Paulauskas were linked to the investigation into Earl, English and Mensah.

All five men are next due to appear in court at the Old Bailey on May 10.

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman, Sam Tobin and Michael Holden, editing by William James)