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Lee Rigby's killer was not tortured, review finds

By Hayden Smith

Published 16/09/2016

Slain: Fusilier Lee Rigby
Slain: Fusilier Lee Rigby

A watchdog has dismissed claims that one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killers was mistreated after he was arrested in Kenya.

A Government-ordered report also found Michael Adebolajo was "definitely not" subject to an intelligence services plot.

Fusilier Rigby was murdered by Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in London in 2013.

Adebolajo was sentenced to a whole-life prison term and Adebowale was sentenced to life, with a minimum of 45 years.

In a 2014 report, the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee said the killing could not have been prevented.

But it raised concerns about the response to Adebolajo's arrest in Kenya in 2010 and allegations of mistreatment, sparking a report by Intelligence Services Commissioner Sir Mark Waller, that was published yesterday.

It concluded that Adebolajo was not the victim of a conspiracy, torture or mistreatment.

The commissioner wrote: "I found that Mr Adebolajo was most definitely not the subject of an intelligence services conspiracy and that his allegations of mistreatment at the hands of the Kenyan authorities were probably untrue."

Adebolajo flew from the UK to Kenya in October 2010. He was arrested a month later in a remote village just over 40 miles from the border with Somalia, before being returned to Britain.

UK intelligence services were not aware of or involved in the arrest, Sir Mark's report found.

It added that the response of MI5 and MI6 to the arrest and detention of Adebolajo in Kenya was "generally good".

But it raised concerns about the effectiveness of MI6's engagement with the committee's inquiry and Sir Mark's review.

However, the commissioner added: "I would stress I do not think (the intelligence services) sought to obstruct or mislead either investigation."

In a written statement confirming the publication of Sir Mark's report, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I welcome the fact that he has firmly rejected any suggestion of a conspiracy by the security and intelligence agencies in Mr Adebolajo's detention."

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