As Reading Attacker Is Given A Whole Life Sentence, Home Office And MI5 Have Questions To Answer


In June 2020 three men were stabbed to death in a park in Reading, a town 50 miles west of London. The attacker, Khairi Saadallah, had come to England after taking part in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya but then became radicalised by jihadists.

A Libyan national who stabbed three men to death in England last summer has been given a whole life sentence at the Old Bailey.

Khairi Saadallah, 26, shouted “Allahu Akbar” before knifing US citizen Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39, history teacher James Furlong, 36, and scientist David Wails, 49, as they sunbathed in Forbury Gardens in the centre of Reading in June 2020.

​It has since emerged that Saadallah had taken part in Libya’s civil war but was granted refugee status in 2018.

Saadallah admitted murder but denied it was pre-planned or was motivated by a religious cause.

A Newton hearing took place at the Old Bailey in London last week and on Monday, 11 January, Mr Justice Sweeney ruled that he had been motivated by a belief in a “religious jihad” and therefore qualified for a whole life sentence.

​Relatives of the victims will now be asking questions of the Home Office, the prison authorities, the probation service and the security services.

It has emerged Saadallah was not deported to Libya despite several criminal convictions because of unspecified “legal barriers”.

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