Terror suspect fugitive Daniel Khalife due in court today as police probe if anyone aided escape
A TERROR suspect who was arrested on Saturday after escaping from HMP Wandsworth is due to appear in court this morning (Monday, September 11.)
Daniel Abed Khalife, 21, will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with "on the 6th day of September 2023, then being a prisoner in his Majesty’s prison at Wandsworth, being remanded in custody pending trial as ordered at the Central Criminal Court on the 21st day of July 2023, escaped, contrary to common law."
Khalife was arrested on a towpath near Rowdell Road, Northolt, on Saturday, 9 September following a policing operation led by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
He was charged with the offence yesterday (Sunday, September 10).
The former soldier was being held in the prison to face trial in November for terror offences, including obtaining MOD information and a fake bomb plot.
He is also charged with spying for an enemy state, understood to be Iran.
British-born Khalife has Iranian and Lebanese heritage,
The Met Police continues to investigate if anyone else aided his escape and him to stay on the run for 75 hours.
Security at the Victorian prison has come under the spotlight following the escape.
Two guards at HMP Wandsworth have reportedly been suspended - it is understood both were involved in overseeing the exit of the Bidfood catering vehicle from the prison grounds.
Last night controversy at the prison continued after an inmate was in a critical condition in hospital after an ‘incident between prisoners’ led to a man being stabbed.