TWO men charged with terrorism offences are due to appear at Oxford Crown Court next month.

Ayub Nurhussein, 28, from south-west London, and Said Mohammed, 30, from Manchester, appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday.

They have both been charged with funding terrorism, and possessing a document or record likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

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They were remanded in custody and are due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on Friday August 16.

Why Oxford?

The Ministry of Justice's criminal practice directions state: "All terrorism cases, wherever they originate in England and Wales, will be managed in a list known as the ‘terrorism cases list’ by such judges of the High Court as are nominated by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division.

"Such cases will be tried, unless otherwise directed by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, by a judge of the High Court as nominated by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division."

High Court judges usually sit in London, but they also travel to courts around the country to try serious cases.

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High Court judge Mr Justice Sweeney is currently sitting at Oxford Crown Court, presiding over a Buckinghamshire murder trial.

On Monday Hashem Abedi - the younger brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi - also appeared before Mr Justice Sweeney at Oxford Crown Court, for a bail hearing.

Read more about the hearing here

The 22-year-old faces 22 counts of murder, one for each of the attack's victims, one count of attempted murder encompassing the other victims, and one count of conspiring with his brother to cause explosions.