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An artist's drawing of Ismael Abdurahman in court.

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- The partner of an alleged July 21 London mass transit bomber is one of two women who will be charged Friday with withholding information that could have aided the police investigation.

Yeshshiembet Girma, 29, will be charged under Britain's terrorism act that she had information that she "knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution, or conviction of another person in the UK for an offense involving the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism."

Girma lived with accused July 21 bomber Hamdi Issac, known as Hussan Osman in Britain, who allegedly tried to bomb a London Underground train at the Shepherd's Bush Station.

On his fifth day in hiding, July 26, Issac fled London by train to France and onto Italy, where he was arrested last Friday.

Girma and Issac shared an apartment in the Stockwell neighborhood of London, where she and two other women were arrested on July 27, the day after Issac left the country.

A second woman, Muluemebet Girma, 21, who is a younger sister of the first woman, faces the same charge. The third woman originally taken into custody with them was released.

The 2003 birth certificate of Issac and Girma's third child, obtained by CNN, lists his name as Osman and his birth place as Somalia -- the fake identity he adopted when he arrived in Britain and sought political asylum. He was later granted British citizenship, according to Italian authorities detaining him.

Girma's place of birth was given as Ethiopia, which is also Issac's actual birthplace.

Both described their occupation as students.

Scotland Yard would not say whether Girma and Issac were married.

The charges mean three people who allegedly helped Issac avoid capture now face criminal charges in Britain.

Ismael Abdurahman, the first person charged in Britain in connection with the bombings, will remain in police custody until August 11, when another hearing will be held, a magistrate ruled Thursday.

Abdurahman, 23, from London, appeared in Bow Street Magistrates Court. He is accused specifically of aiding Issac, known as Hussan Osman in Britain, who was the target of a nationwide manhunt.

The magistrate read out the charge that Abdurahman "failed to disclose" to authorities information "which you knew or believed might be of material assistance in securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of Hussain Osman, also known as Hamdi."

"The defendant will vigorously contest the charge," said defense attorney Anne Faul, who met her client only Thursday morning. "He has no involvement in terrorist activity whatsoever."

The charge carries a five-year maximum sentence.

Abdurahman is one of 14 people arrested in connection to the July 21 probe who remain in British police custody, including three men who allegedly tried to detonate bombs on London trains and buses and a man tied to an unused, identical homemade bomb found in a park.

Abdurahman, who was arrested last week, appeared in civilian clothes and was not handcuffed. He blew a kiss to friends and family seated behind a glass partition in the court's gallery.

Meanwhile, in Rome, Italian Judge Domenico Massimo Miceli scheduled a closed-door August 17 extradition hearing for Issac. Miceli will sit on the panel of three judges that will decide whether to extradite him to Britain, which is seeking to expedite the process under a newly available European Union arrest warrant.

If the Italian court decides to send Issac to Britain, and he does not oppose the decision, he could be sent within 10 days.

However, Issac's attorney has said her client will fight his removal. But the appeal process is limited to 60 days, with a possible 30-day extension dating from his July 29 arrest.

Italian judicial sources say British investigators have not yet had access to Isaac, in part because they have not submitted a formal request.

Rome police have charged Issac under Italy's terrorism laws.

--CNN's Phil Hirschkorn and Andrew Carey contributed to this story

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