Daniel Khalife charged over Wandsworth prison escape


Daniel KhalifeImage source, Metropolitan Police

By Harrison Jones

BBC News

Daniel Khalife has been charged with escaping from Wandsworth prison, after his arrest on Saturday following a four-day manhunt.

The 21-year-old former soldier is due to appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

He was held on a towpath in Northolt after being pulled off a bicycle by a plain-clothed police officer.

Mr Khalife escaped from the prison on Wednesday morning by hiding under a food delivery lorry.

The Met Police said he had been charged with escaping on September 6 while on remand at HMP Wandsworth Prison awaiting trial at the Old Bailey, contrary to common law.

He was being held on remand at the prison in south-west London after previously being charged with under the Official Secrets Act and the Terrorism Act.

Mr Khalife is accused of trying to spy for an enemy state, understood to be Iran, and obtaining information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. He is also charged with plotting a fake bomb hoax. He denies the charges against him.

His escape prompted questions about security at Wandsworth prison, with Justice Secretary Alex Chalk telling the BBC he has launched investigations into the incident.

Mr Chalk says preliminary inquiries into the get away have determined that correct security protocols and staffing levels were in place at the time.

But speaking to the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, he said: “The real question is whether the protocols were followed to the extent they should be.”

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