Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Terrorism ~ Report on the Murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby

The need for legislation to give Ministers more anti-terrorism powers was announced earlier this month - Further anti-terrorism powers (15th November).  The new Anti-terrorism and Security Bill is to be presented to Parliament on Wednesday 26th November.  Comment to follow when its contents are fully known.  However, this week has seen a number of other terrorism-related matters.

1) On Monday 24th November, the Home Secretary (Theresa May MP) spoke of the terrorism threat facing the UK.
2) Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has issued a report on the intelligence relating to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby - and see BBC 25th November - Woolwich murder: Lee Rigby's death 'not preventable'.  Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were convicted of the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with, respectively a whole life term and a 45 year minimum term. - see Sentencing Remarks of Sweeney J (26th February 2014)

Following the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby, on 22 May 2013, the ISC investigated what MI5, SIS and GCHQ knew about the two men who carried out the attack to see whether it could have been prevented.
LIBERTY has responded to the report - here.

3) On Tuesday 25th November, the Prime Minister made a statement to the House of Commons regarding the report.

4) The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation (Mr David Anderson QC) will appear before Parliament's Joint Human Rights Committee on Wednesday 26th Novermber.  

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  1. It should be noted that the ISC report into the 'intelligence relating to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby' did not include any examining of information from non-establishment witnesses.

    The report makes one mention of Ibrahim Hassan (in paragraph #26), however fails to mention that the very same Ibrahim Hassan wrote a (1, 2, 3 page) letter to Malcolm Rifkind (& copied to all other ISC panel members) on 27th May 2013, providing details that his friend Michael Adebolajo "...was subjected to “systematic torture and sexual abuse … by Kenyan troops, which he believed was at the behest of British intelligence" & "...that after Adebolajo's return to the UK, informed Ibrahim Hassan that he was subject to further harassment and intimidation by the security services in order to pressure him into working for them as an agent".

    Ibrahim Hassan was the person who featured on Newsnight very soon after the Rigby murder, highlighting that the security services had attempted to recruit Adebolajo.

    Things are not all as they seem with the Lee Rigby business......

  2. As per the report on sky, during the attack, Adebolajo and Adebowale ran over Fus Rigby as he returned to his barracks.