His run ultimately lasted seventy-two hours. Daniel Khalife, a former British soldier prosecuted for terrorist offenses and suspected of espionage, was arrested on Saturday September 9 in the Chiswick district of west London. He was arrested shortly before 11 a.m. and is in police custody, Scotland Yard announced on the social network X.
The head of London's Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said Friday that his services were investigating possible complicity inside the prison. The escape of Daniel Khalife, 21, from Wandsworth prison on Wednesday in a delivery truck sparked a nationwide manhunt.
Terrorist offense and suspected of espionage
This escape aroused astonishment and raised questions about the prison system. Daniel Khalife escaped by clinging to a van that had come to make a delivery for the kitchen of the prison where he worked. Straps were found under the vehicle, suggesting he became attached to it. The leak was “clearly prepared in advance,” said Mark Rowley.
Daniel Khalife is being prosecuted for acts dating back to January and August 2021, at a Royal Air Force base in Straford, in central England. He is accused of obtaining or attempting to obtain information "about an individual who was or has been a member" of the British Army, "likely to be of use to a person committing or planning an act of terrorism". . He is also being prosecuted for a false bomb threat on January 2. He was kicked out of the army in May. He denies the accusations against him.