British spies ‘threatened Emwazi’

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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A recording believed to be of the extremist known as “Jihadi John” has emerged in which he talks of being threatened by British security services.

Mohammed Emwazi said spies told him they were “going to keep a close eye on you” and had already been monitoring him when he was questioned at Schipol airport in Amsterdam.

Emwazi has been unmasked as “Jihadi John”, the Islamic State (IS) terrorist believed to be responsible for the beheading of hostages taken by the group.

In the recording, obtained by the BBC, of an interview with a case officer from advocacy group Cage, he said agents had tried to “put words in my mouth”, adding: “‘We are going to keep a close eye on you, Mohammed. We already have been and we are going to keep a close eye on you’ – threatening me.”

Emwazi claimed a British agent accused him of trying to reach Somalia for terrorism training when he had tried to head to Tanzania.

He said: “He (the officer) looked at me and he said ‘I still believe that you’re going to Somalia to train’.

“I said ‘After what I just told you, after … I told you that what’s happening is extremism … you’re still suggesting that I’m an extremist?'”

It comes as one the reported founding members of al Qaida has spoken of becoming a spy for Britain.

Aimen Dean, born in Saudi Arabia, said Osama bin Laden “welcomed me into the fold” as he swore an oath “to fight the jihad against the enemies of God”.

He said he had been a “bookish nerd” who found himself on the “mountains of Bosnia holding an AK47, feeling a sense of immense empowerment”.

Dean said he wanted martyrdom but after the bombings of American embassies in East Africa in 1998 he turned against the organisation.

He claims he was picked up by MI6 and underwent months of debriefing before going back to Afghanistan to spy for Britain.

Dean is believed to have worked undercover for eight years until his cover was broken in 2006.

In an interview for BBC Radio 4’s The Report, he said was speaking out to “help” those considering going to fight with Islamic State.

He said: “To counter the arguments , to help people, especially those who are tempted by the lure of what the Islamic State is offering, to understand that they are actually going into hell without knowing it.”

Published: Tuesday 3rd March 2015 by The News Editor

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