Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Jihadist Michael Adebolajo who killed British soldier turns a new leaf and now works as a deradicalisation mentor to others in jail

Lee Rigby’s killer Michael Adebolajo is working as a de-radicalisation mentor at the jail where London Bridge attacker Usman Khan was an inmate.

The jihadi, 34, who renounced extremism last year and said sorry to the family of soldier Lee, 25, has taken on an unofficial role talking to jailed terror plotters.

Adebolajo, given life for murdering Lee, has been assisting pastoral prison workers to help extremists reform at HMP Woodhill — the jail Khan was freed from in December last year.

A source said: “Michael’s U-turn has been astonishing but he insists he is on the path of reform and has been helping to talk to other prisoners about the importance of staying on the right path.

“He tells others that he made a drastic mistake and is trying to encourage others to shun extremism and not go down the path he went down.

“He was in the prison at the same time as Usman Khan.”

Khan, who killed two reform workers last month after attending a prison rehabilitation seminar, had been jailed for 16 years in 2010 for plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange.

But just two years later, while in Woodhill, he began saying he wanted to be free of Islamist extremism and repeatedly renounced his radical ways until he was released halfway through his sentence.

Adebolajo, like Khan, had links to Anjem Choudary’s extremist group al-Muhijaroun.

He and accomplice Michael Adebowale hacked to death dad-of-one Lee outside Woolwich Barracks in South East London in 2013.

When Adebolajo performed his U-turn last year, he expressed his newfound remorse to prison staff and a fellow inmate.

The killer, who cited the Koran moments after the 2013 atrocity, also admitted he “misinterpreted” Islam’s holy book.

In a further desperate shift from his radical ways, he has asked to be known as Michael after years of insisting he be called Mujahid Abu Hamza.