THREE men on the run after breaching anti-terrorism control orders wanted to wage jihad against the West.
Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism laws, said there is “solid intelligence” that the trio were a danger to British troops stationed abroad.
He said: “These three men were the subject of solid intelligence that they intended to damage our national security by going as insurgents to kill British and other allied troops abroad.”
It emerged earlier today that the suspects, who were held under “control orders”, had absconded this week.
Scotland Yard named Lamine Adam, 26, his brother Ibrahim, 20, and Cerie Bullivant, 24, last night after they failed to report to police.
Police said the men, two of whom are brothers of a man jailed last month for plotting al Qaeda-inspired bomb attacks across Britain, had violated anti-terrorism “control orders” and failed to check in with authorities last week.
The announcement, following the disappearances of at least two other suspects last year, means that more than a quarter of those subject to the controversial orders — imposed on suspects who are not charged with a crime — are now missing.
Under control orders suspects are frequently confined to their homes for much of the day, required to wear electronic tags, obliged to check in with police, forbidden to use computers or telephones and banned from meeting people without permission….
Shadow home secretary David Davis said the news was “shocking” and said that Home Secretary John Reid had failed in his duty to protect the public.
He said: “People are placed on control orders on the basis they are terror suspects who pose a serious risk to the public.”
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg called for a “wholesale review” of the Government’s strategy.
“This is yet another hammer blow for the increasingly discredited system of control orders,” he said.