Former Cambridge University student, 23, ‘called for extermination of Jews’, court hears


Former Cambridge University student, 23, ‘called for extermination of Jews and had terrorism and bomb-making guide The Anarchist’s Cookbook’, court hears

  • Oliver Bel, 23, allegedly sent a ‘grossly offensive’ message in September 2017
  • Defendant is also accused of having a copy of Anarchist’s Cookbook last year
  • Bel appeared at Old Bailey via video from Manchester today to face two charges
  • Plea hearing was set for June 12 and he was granted continued conditional bail 

A former Cambridge University student ‘called for the extermination of Jews’ and had a terrorism and bomb-making guide, The Anarchist’s Cookbook, a court has heard. 

Oliver Bel, 23, from Oldham, has appeared in court accused of making a ‘grossly offensive’ post about Jewish people in 2017.

He is also accused of having a copy of the Anarchist’s Cookbook last year.  

He is accused of making a 'grossly offensive' post about Jewish people in 2017

Oliver Bel, pictured above, 23, from Oldham, Manchester, has appeared in court accused of making a ‘grossly offensive’ post about Jewish people in 2017

Bel appeared at the Old Bailey today via video link from Manchester to face two charges.

The first alleges that on September 14 2017, he sent a message by an electronic communication network that was ‘grossly offensive’, contrary to the Communications Act 2003.

The second alleges that on November 15 last year in Salford, he possessed a document likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

Bel spoke to confirm his identity and gave his nationality as British during a virtual court hearing before Mr Justice Sweeney.

Bel appeared at the Old Bailey (above) via video link from Manchester to face two charges. A plea hearing was set for June 12 and he was granted continued conditional bail (file photo)

Bel appeared at the Old Bailey (above) via video link from Manchester to face two charges. A plea hearing was set for June 12 and he was granted continued conditional bail (file photo)

The senior judge transferred the case to Manchester Crown Court to be tried by Judge Alan Conrad QC.

A plea hearing was set for June 12 with a provisional five-day trial from November 2.

The defendant, of Chadderton, Oldham, was granted continued conditional bail.

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