Monday, April 04, 2016

Taxpayers have forked out almost £17million in legal aid to help terror suspects in the last five years

  • Staggering £17million in legal aid spent on terror suspects in the UK 
  • Four of the men who benefited were linked to ISIS executor Jihadi John 
  • Lee Rigby's murderers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale also got legal aid for their trial
Terror suspects including four men linked to the notorious Jihadi John, have received nearly £17 million in legal aid over the past five years.

From hate preachers to alleged bomb makers, legal aid paid for by the taxpayers has been granted to a range of controversial figures, according to The Sun.

Two of the benefiters were Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 23, who butchered soldier Lee Rigby in 2013.

Michael Adebolajo, 29, (left) was given a life sentence while Michael Adebowale, 24, (right) was jailed for 45 years
Michael Adebolajo, 29, (left) was given a life sentence while Michael Adebowale, 24, (right) was jailed for 45 years

Through legal aid, Abdebolajo and Adebowale's lawyers received £213,000 for the three-month trial at the Old Bailey, according to the Daily Star

Michael Adebowale, 24, who is currently at HMP Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was jailed for 45 years.

Michael Adebolajo was given a life sentence and was moved from HMP Belmarsh in Thamesmead, south east London, to Frankland in County Durham after fears that he was trying to radicalise other inmates.

He wrote to support group Muslim Prisoners who said: 'The guards at Frankland are worse than Belmarsh for treatment of Muslims. This move is deliberate.'

He is now trying to seek compensation from the taxpayer after his teeth were knocked out in prison.

He lashed out at officers who were trying to escort him to his cell in July 2013 and, during the scuffle, his head reportedly hit a window.

 He refused medical attention afterwards but is now trying to sue the Prison Service.

Last year alone, a staggering £4million was paid out in legal aid to people accused of planning or carrying out terrorism related activities.

'We must be a laughing stock to these people,' Tory MP Philip Davies told The Sun.

'It's bad enough that we can't kick out so many who pose a terrorist threat to us.

 But then to discover we are paying millions in their legal fees to stop us from removing them is a further kick in the teeth,' he said.

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