Isis killer 'Jihadi John' was 'detained by MI5' while on holiday in 2010
The British Isis militant known as Jihadi John, identified as Mohammed Emwazi, was detained for 'days' and illegally interrogated by MI5 officers while on a safari holiday in Africa.
It is understood that he was not named by the security services earlier for 'operational reasons'.
Emwazi is believed to be seen in the videos showing the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, British aid worker David Haines, British taxi driver Alan Henning, and American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter.
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The Washington Post, who published a lengthy article naming Mohammed Emwazi as the masked man known as Jihadi John, claims that the 27-year-old became radicalised following the events on this trip.
One of Emwazi's friends was quoted by The Post as saying: “I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John."
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The Post claims that Emwazi is from an affluent family in west London and graduated from the University of Westminster with a degree in computer programming. It says he is believed to have travelled to Syria in 2012 and later joined Isis.
MI5 agents are believed to have illegally interrogated Emwazi after a trip to Tanzania.
He and two friends are believed to have been held for “days” detention on the orders of MI5 before being deported.
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It is claimed that Emwazi told friends he was then flown to Amsterdam where an officer from MI5 accused him of trying to reach Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabaab operates.
Asim Qureshi, research director at the rights group CAGE, says he met with Emwazi in the autumn after he returned from this trip to discuss what had taken place.
“Mohammed was quite incensed by his treatment, that he had been very unfairly treated,” Mr Qureshi told The Post.
The Post reports that Emwazi then moved to Kuwait, his birthplace, and returned to London twice before being detained by counterterrorism officials in Britain, who took his fingerprints and searched his belongings.
He was allegedly prevented from returning to Kuwait, telling Mr Qureshi in an email: “I had a job waiting for me and marriage to get started, but now I feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London."
A person imprisoned and controlled by security service men, stopping me from living my new life in my birthplace and my country, Kuwait."I have been trying to find out the reason for my refused Visa issue from my home country Kuwait, and a way to solve the issue."
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The new allegations mirror cases for last year in the UK where security services were accused of harassing and intimidating north London community workers who had returned from Somalia.
On their return to the UK, the men allege they were warned they were now on a terror watch list which prevented them travelling to any Muslim country.
Another British citizen, Abu Omar (19) says that in April 2009 his safari holiday to Kenya was interrupted when the house in which he was staying was raided by local security officers.
Mr Omar claims he was held and questioned for four days, also on the basis of intelligence supplied by MI5.
He alleges that his interrogators threw a mobile phone at him which they said had his fingerprints on and was linked to phone calls made to Osama bin Laden. Back in London Mr Omar was further questioned by MI5, who took his fingerprints and photographs.
Independent News Service