One of British Army soldier Lee Rigby's killers, Michael Adebolajo, 29, was freed by British authorities in 2010 "from a lengthy spell behind bars" in Kenya despite "grave warnings" from law enforcement officials, it was revealed today by Russell Myers of the Mirror.
Kenyan officials had detained Adebolajo, who they believed was "headed to Somalia to fight for al-Shabaab," but British security chiefs hoped to groom the Islamic radical for their own purposes and put him on a flight back to England.
Myers said that a law enforcement source in Kenya said,
"The evidence all suggested he was intent on joining a terrorist organisation and was already considered to be extremely dangerous."
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, 22, were both convicted yesterday at Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales in London for the cowardly and shocking murder of Rigby, who was 25 at the time of his death and left behind a wife and young son.
Tom Whitehead and Hayley Dixon of the Telegraph reported yesterday,
"Adebolajo, who, like Adebowale, was raised a Christian and converted to Islam in his teens, showed no remorse and kissed his Koran as the guilty verdict was read out."
In yet another revelation, Adebolajo and Adebowale "had links with the Lewisham Islamic Centre in south-east London, less than six miles from the Woolwich street where they murdered the soldier," as reported by Sam Marsden and Tom Whitehead yesterday of the Telegraph.
The imam at this particular mosque, Shakeel Begg,
"was caught on tape by the Sunday Times in 2006 apparently telling Kingston University students to take some money and go to Palestine and fight, fight the terrorists, fight the Zionists."
It is reminiscent of the Boston marathon bombers. The Tsarnaev brothers also attended an alleged radicalized mosque, which was "associated with other terrorism suspects," and had previously "invited radical speakers to a sister mosque in Boston" as reported at USA Today. And like Adebolajo, the Tsarnaev brothers were also under the not-so-watchful eye of the FBI, after being warned "repeatedly" by Russia that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had become radicalized, as reported by Ed Morrissey of Hot Air.
Myers reported that Adebolajo "had been stopped in his tracks by Kenyan police who feared he was plotting a string of atrocities," but "British security chiefs believed they could mould the radicalised Muslim into a secret agent and help them smash extremist Islamic cells."
Like with the Boston marathon bombing, it seems that in the case of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, authorities tempted fate with devastating results.