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Bomb plot

Asked if the Prime Minister had said anything on the information about the Nigerian bomber, the PMS said that there was security information about this individual’s activities, and that was the information that was shared with the US authorities.

Clearly the issue of radicalisation was very important and sensitive and the Government was pretty certain that he was radicalised outside the UK, when he left the UK in October 2008, but it was also clear that while he was here he was attempting to make contact with people. That was the intelligence that we were able to secure through the intelligence services. The reason he was not allowed to travel was because of the visa situation and the bogus college. One of the lessons that came out of what could have been a terrible tragedy was the question of how we continued to share intelligence about individuals who may have these kind of nefarious objectives in mind.

Put that the individual in question was already to some extent radicalised before he left the UK, the PMS said that the evidence was that this individual spent some time in Yemen. He left the country in October 2008. There were a number of individuals who tried to reach out to radicals and others whilst they were here, but that didn’t necessarily mean that they were planning any specific action. Whatever he decided to do, he decided to do while he was out of the country, and then attempted to re-enter the country. The PMS added that he was limited to what he could say beyond what we have already said so far.

Asked if the Prime Minister was aware of any unlawful activity by any Islamic centres, the PMS said that there was a clear point of law that if organisations were involved in activities that were considered to be unlawful then appropriate measures should be taken – that applied both to individuals and to organisations.

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