Monday, May 27, 2013

Terror in Woolwich: MI5 'tried to recruit suspect in Kenyan jail'

Britain’s security services sought to recruit the Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo while he was being held by the Kenyan authorities on suspicion of attempting to join Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab, The Independent has learnt.

Friends and family of Adebolajo have claimed that he was tortured and even sexually assaulted by Kenyan police following his arrest in November 2010 before then being returned to Britain where he was allegedly "pestered" by MI5 agents to become an informant. The Independent understands that British agents instead made contact with the 28-year-old while he was still in Kenya and pressured him to work for the Security Service in Britain.

Adebolajo, who was held in custody for several days in the port city of Mombasa and complained of mistreatment, was eventually released without charge by the Kenyan authorities.