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Terror Suspect 'Escaped In Black Cab'
Missing terror suspect Ibrahim Magag escaped surveillance by simply ringing for a black cab, the Shadow Home Secretary claims.
Yvette Cooper told MPs that a tweet from London taxi news service Cabwise suggested Somali-born Magag had evaded detection by picking up a ride less than half-a-mile from Euston station on Boxing Day.
In a fierce exchange with Home Secretary Theresa May, Ms Cooper said: "Are you worried that surveillance can be shaken off simply by jumping into a black cab?"
Magag, 28, who is understood to have attended terrorist training camps in Somalia, absconded from a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (Tpims) notice after ripping off his electronic tag.
Mrs May insisted the police and security services did not believe Magag was involved in current terrorist planning and that great efforts were being made to find him.
Magag, who is thought to have raised funds for al Qaeda, was originally handed a control order and forced to live in the West Country away from his network of friends.
But under the new Tpims regime, introduced last year due to support from the Liberal Democrats, he was able to move back to London.
He is described as a black man of Somali origin, 6ft 2in and slim to medium build. He has a beard, but detectives warned he may try to change his appearance.
He was last seen wearing a khaki robe, a black Berghaus windcheater and navy Converse trainers.
Asking an urgent question in the Commons, Ms Cooper claimed Magag's escape had been made easier by the Government stopping relocation of suspected terrorists.
"You allowed Magag to return to London," she said.
"You have not answered the question about whether it would have been harder to abscond in the West Country, where he was made to live under a control order - harder to get help from his associates, harder to hide, harder to get forged papers."
Ms Cooper said absconds had stopped under control orders once the powers were toughened up - including greater use of relocation.
And she added: "You chose to ditch relocation, you have personally made it easier for people to abscond.
"Other people previously relocated under control orders are also now back in London on Tpims. Could any one of them simply jump in a black cab tomorrow and be off?"
Keith Vaz, who is chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, told the Commons it was understood Magag had forged passports when in Somalia.
He asked Mrs May if Magag was in possession of his passport when he went missing.
The Home Secretary said she must consult the details of a previous anonymity order before providing an answer.
Defending Tpims, she said terror suspects had absconded before while under the old restriction - several of whom were never found.
She said: "In six years of control orders, there were seven absconds and of those seven cases, six were never apprehended. Magag's abscond is serious and the authorities are doing everything they can to locate him."
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what do you think?
This country is a joke its a laughing stock
Thats why we have Gitmo in cuba
Give him his passport, and hopefully he'll be on the next ferry... Never to return!! One can dream anyway! He's probably got a security post at Buckingham palace by now!
It would be laughable if it wasnt so serious.
I dont know why we allow these people to remain in the country..Put them on a plane and ship them out..Never mind their human rights they gave these up when they got involved with terrorism. Every other significant european country does it. The court of human rights has admitted its powers of sanction amount to little more than a slap on the wrist.
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why do we allow them into this country not in EU so surely we can refuse entry or have the government not got the balls
This lot and the last lot of so called leaders who rule over us dont even know where there balls are or should be.
Why haven't any of our so called leaders got a backbone and have persons like this removed from the UK quickly. Instead of all these so called appeals about there human rights and illness that prevents them being deported.I'm surprised we got rid of the hook though it took 10+ years. No one in Westminster dare defy a Strasbourg ruling. So I say if we can't deport them we should send them to Strasbourg ,they made the ruling they should be responsible for the judgment
The Hook has not been got rid off,if the American court does not convict him he will be back and on a much larger gravy train. The compensation will be more than you can shake a stick at
Apparently he trained in terrorist training camps in Somalia so why the heck does he not go and live there if he finds us, and life here, so terrible?
You could not make it up