Sunday 17 December 2017

Gardai arrest second man in connection with London terror attack

London Bridge attackers Youssef Zaghba, Rachid Redouane and Khuram Shazad Butt (Met Police/PA)
London Bridge attackers Youssef Zaghba, Rachid Redouane and Khuram Shazad Butt (Met Police/PA)

Brian Hutton

Gardai have arrested a second man in connection with the London Bridge terror outrage.

A man aged in his thirties was detained in Wexford, at around 5pm on Tuesday as part of ongoing investigations into Irish links to the atrocity.

The suspect is being questioned about documentation connected to Rachid Redouane, one of the three killers behind the weekend attack.

Redouane married British woman Charisse Ann O'Leary in Ireland in November 2012 and gave an address in Rathmines, Dublin.

He left the country at some point and is believed to have lived in Ireland again in 2015.

Gardai confirmed a suspect was being held at Wexford Garda station in connection with documentation linked to Redouane under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Former home of London terrorist Rachid Redouane at 30 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Former home of London terrorist Rachid Redouane at 30 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines. Photo: Tony Gavin

He can be questioned for up to 24 hours.

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A case file is being prepared on another man who was arrested and later released without charge over the discovery in Limerick of identity documents in Redouane's name.

The Director of Public Prosecutions will be asked to assess if he should be charged in relation to offences under theft and fraud laws.

Redouane is known to have lived in Ireland at different times over the last number of years.

He married Ms O'Leary at the office of the Civil Registration Service at Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital in Dublin.

Marriage Record of Rachid Redouane and Charisse Anne O'Leary. Photo: Tony Gavin
Marriage Record of Rachid Redouane and Charisse Anne O'Leary. Photo: Tony Gavin

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It is not clear when he came to the Republic or how long he stayed but it is believed he used Irish jurisdiction to get a European Union permit which allowed him to be in the UK.

He is also thought to have travelled to Morocco after leaving Ireland before settling in the UK.

Redouane returned to Ireland in 2015, again for an unknown length of time, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was not one of a small number of radicals under surveillance in Ireland.

An Irish security source described the killer as having "extensive immigration history related to the UK".

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