Terror suspect Daniel Khalife transferred to maximum security prison after fresh revelations about escape emerge

Daniel Khalife

Daniel Khalife will appear in court later this month

Mark White

By Mark White

Published: 11/09/2023

- 10:33

Updated: 11/09/2023

- 17:56

The court hearing this morning was told the straps 'could have been made from bedsheets'

Terror suspect Daniel Khalife has been taken to Belmarsh high security prison in south east London, GB News sources can confirm.

It follows his brief court appearance today, charged with escaping lawful custody at Wandsworth prison last Wednesday.

Belmarsh is a Catergory-A maximum security prison, and currently houses many accused and convicted terrorist suspects.

Because of its strict security measures, Belmarsh is also a prison in which there have never been any successful prison escapes.

The Justice Secretary Alex Chalk is currently holding a review into whether all terror suspects should be held in Category-A prisons, in the wake of the Wandsworth prison escape.

The 21 year old appeared at Westminster magistrates court this morning to face a charge of escaping from lawful custody.

Khalife arrived at court inside an armoured police van, accompanied by two unmarked police cars.

He appeared in the dock dressed in a prison issue grey tracksuit.

He was flanked by two uniformed police officers and a prison officer.

He spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Police and prison authorities were alerted just before 8am last Wednesday morning, to reports Khalife had gone missing from the Victorian era prison in south west London.

He had been working in the prison kitchens at the time.

It is alleged he strapped himself to the underside of a food delivery lorry which had been dropping off produce at the prison.

The court hearing this morning was told the straps "could have been made from bedsheets".

A massive manhunt swung into operation, which included a major search of the 2,500 acre Richmond park and extra checks at ports and airports around the country.

There were sightings of the suspect later in Wandsworth and then Chiswick on Saturday morning.

Just before 11am on Saturday, police reported that plain clothes officers had arrested Khalife on a canal towpath in Northolt, west London.

On Sunday evening, he was charged with escaping from lawful custody.

The Justice Secretary has revealed that 40 other prisoners at HMP Wandsworth have been moved out of the jail, pending a case-by-case security review in the wake of the escape.

The Ministry of Justice is also examining where other prisoners on remand for terror offences are being housed, as it reviews the broader arrangements for holding terrorism suspects.

After a brief hearing at Westminster magistrates court, Daniel Khalife was remanded back into prison custody.

He will appear at the Old Bailey on 29 September, for a first Crown Court appearance on the escape charge.

Khalife faces three other charges under the Terrorism Act and the Official Secrets Act, including a charge which is believe to relate to allegations of spying for Iran.

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