MI5 FREED MICHAEL ADEBOLAJO TO TURN HIM INTO A DOUBLE AGENT
Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo was FREED by MI5 which hoped to turn him into double agent
Dec 20, 2013 00:00 By Russell Myers 7 Comments
The plan backfired when the Islamic fanatic, found guilty yesterday, beheaded the British soldier on a London street in full view of the public
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The maniac who killed Lee Rigby was freed from a Kenyan jail by MI5 spies.
But their bid to make Michael Adebolajo, 29, an agent backfired when the Islamic fanatic beheaded the soldier on a London street.
Seething with hate and already earmarked as a future terror warlord, Adebolajo had been stopped in his tracks by Kenyan police who feared he was plotting a string of atrocities.
But British security chiefs believed they could mould the radicalised Muslim into a secret agent and help them smash extremist Islamic cells.
And despite the grave warnings from their counterparts in East Africa, they saved him from a lengthy spell behind bars and put him on a flight to England.
Yet the high-stakes gamble spectacularly backfired when two and half years later the maniac, along with Michael Adebowale, butchered soldier Lee Rigby outside his barracks in Woolwich, South East London.
The pair were yesterday found guilty of murdering the 25-year-old by a jury who took just 90 minutes to reach their verdict.
And as Adebolajo, 29, and Adebowale, 22, last night faced the prospect of life in jail, Kenyan security chiefs told how it was only a matter of time before their former captive would strike a murderous blow.
A source said: “Our officials gave specific warnings that this man was a threat to international security.
“The evidence all suggested he was intent on joining a terrorist organisation and was already considered to be extremely dangerous.
“But the British agents said he was no danger and our authorities handed him over. This should never have been allowed to happen.”
The source told how he was “shaken to the core” when he heard Adebolajo – arrested as he headed to Somalia to fight for al-Shabaab – was involved in Lee’s murder earlier this year.
And Kenya coast anti-terror boss Elijah Rop added: “The British must answer many questions. We told them this man was a danger. We warned them.”
A British security source said: “Adebolajo was in clear sight all along. There are lots of questions that remain as to why he was free to kill.”
A six month-long investigation by the Mirror found an astonishing string of blunders by Britain’s secret agents which set Adebolajo free to kill.
Spooks tracked him from his home in South London to Nairobi and Mombasa, watching him closely for more than a month.
MI5 confirmed their fears of his connections to the world’s most dangerous terrorists when they saw him meet the leader of al-Qaeda in Kenya. They knew he had been radicalised by a group of extremist preachers in the UK who hand-picked him to join al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda affiliated group behind the Nairobi mall massacre this year.
Adebolajo arrived in Kenya on October 21, 2010. It is understood his air fare was paid for by pals of radical cleric Sheikh Abdul Qadir Mumin, whose rantings he had listened to in London.
Security sources believe the preacher – who fled Britain in 2010 – was solely responsible for recruiting “dozens” of disaffected Muslim youths around UK mosques to go and fight in Somalia.
Adebolajo was issued a one-month holiday visa at Nairobi airport after claiming he was staying with friends at hotel in the city centre. An intelligence report seen by the Mirror says he was met by a man named “Hassan” in “traditional Muslim dress”.
We can reveal that man was Hassan Omondi, an al-Shabaab bomb maker and disciple of White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite. Omondi, who died in a shoot-out during a police raid on his home last October, took Adebolajo to a hotel where he stayed alone for two or three nights before being taken to another guest house in the city.
Over the next three weeks he was seen associating with “known persons” on the Kenyan terror watch list.
One of those was feared Ahmad Imam Ali, who last year became the new leader of al-Shabaab in Kenya.
A Western intelligence source said: “Michael Adebolajo and Ahmad Ali were from different worlds but they had a lot in common. Both men had been selected by an international committee within al-Shabaab to be future leaders.
“They were considered the lifeblood of the organisation. Their association should have been enough to alarm those who were watching him.”
Two days before his visa expired in November 2010, Adebolajo was summoned to meet with another extremist cleric in Mombasa. Al-Shabaab made sure he was immersed in Kenya’s most feared terror cell and linked him up with terror suspect Swaleh Abdul.
On November 20, the pair and three other young recruits set off to the island of Lamu. From there they planned to go to Somalia in a speedboat to join al-Shabaab terror groups. Kenyan authorities swooped before they could reach the country.
The gang were taken back to Mombasa where two MI5 officers were waiting for Adebolajo. Several meetings took place in secret while he demanded a lawyer and to talk to the British ambassador.
Court documents seen by the Mirror identified him as “a threat to this country’s security”.
A source claims he saw Adebolajo talking to “two white men” after he was summoned from the cells following four days in custody. He was offered a deal – face charges and be jailed in Kenya or go home straight away and become a spy for the intelligence services.
He was officially deported and put on a flight back to the UK.
Once back, the security services put pressure on him and his younger brother Jeremiah to work for them. But a friend claimed the “harassment” by the security services only made him more radical.
A security source said: “There are still many questions that need to be answered as to why MI5 officers identified Adebolajo as a “cleanskin” to Kenyan police when he was a known extremist with an open file.”
Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee is investigating MI5’s role in the Adebolajo and Adebolawe case.
Just a week before Lee’s murder, Adebolajo was seen preaching outside shops near the scene of the slaughter.
But MI5 had by then scaled down all contact with the extremist.