Terror suspect Daniel Abed Khalife escapes Wandsworth prison

Khalife, who was a serving member of the British Army and worked as a computer network engineer, was arrested in January and accused of planting a fake bomb at an RAF base.

He was charged with offences relating to two alleged incidents at RAF Stafford in Beaconside in August 2021 and January of this year.

The 21-year-old was accused of eliciting or attempting to elicit information “about an individual who was or had been a member of His Majesty’s forces which was of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism” on August 2 2021. This is contrary to section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The second charge alleges he committed a “bomb hoax” by placing an article with intent on or before January 2 this year.

According to court documents Khalife allegedly placed “three canisters with wires at RAF Stafford with the intention of inducing in another a belief that the said article was likely to explode or ignite and thereby cause personal injury or damage to property”, contrary to section 51 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Khalife, who grew up in west London, had initially been arrested in January 2022 on suspicion of a separate offence and was bailed.

He was then rearrested in January and charged with the terrorism offences following an investigation by Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody, ahead of a trial.

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