September 28, 2023

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Terror suspect Daniel Khalife accused of working for Iran as huge manhunt continues

Daniel Khalife, who escaped prison on Wednesday, is now accused of seeking to obtain intelligence for Iran.

Khalife, who was previously imprisoned in Wandsworth, is accused of terrorism-related offences, including acquiring information “that could be useful to an enemy.”

He is also accused of planting fake explosive devices at a military base while serving in the Army, and his trial is set for November.
Khalife’s escape has prompted increased security at major transit hubs, with a particular emphasis on the Port of Dover, which serves as a main sea route connecting England and France.

The British Justice Secretary emphasised the importance of conducting an extensive inquiry into the incident, saying that “no stone must be left unturned in getting to the bottom of what happened.”

He also promised the formation of an “independent investigation” to look into the incident.

Alex Chalk also stated that “urgent” jail category examinations would be done. This action comes as questions remain over why Khalife was not held in a maximum-security institution.

Mr Chalk said Khalife, who had been working in a kitchen at the prison, escaped around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning when a vehicle that had made a delivery left.

Shortly afterwards, he said, contingency plans for an unaccounted prisoner were activated and police were informed.

The vehicle, he added, was subsequently stopped and searched by police after the alert was raised.

Mr Chalk said: “Strapping was found underneath the vehicle which appeared to indicate that Daniel Khalife may have held onto the underside of it in order to escape.”

According to a former detective chief investigator with the Metropolitan Police, Khalife has most likely left the United Kingdom.

Perry Benton told BBC News Khalife’s departure was well-planned, and there are various possible routes he may have taken to flee the nation, such as via rail or through ports.

Benton emphasises the relevance of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage in the search for Khalife.

The inquiry will focus on the delivery driver’s route, methodically investigating every spot the van visited to discover when Khalife disembarked and where he went from there.

It will also be critical for investigators to speak with the delivery driver. The investigation will also look into if Khalife has access to a phone and how he is funding his escape.

Benton emphasises that law enforcement will contact Khalife’s family, friends, fellow convicts from jail, and military contacts. They will also look into any letters or phone calls he received while inside.

Original News : https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1810379/Daniel-Khaife-terror-suspect-wandsworth-prison-run-iran-police-manhunt

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