Family of Khairi Saadallah Denies Accusations of Terrorism – Al Marsad

The brother of the Libyan national Khairi Saadallah who is accused of carrying out the stabbing attack in Reading denied that they are a “terrorist family” and criticised the British authorities and those who accused his brother of being a terrorist.

(Libya, 21 June 2020) – On Saturday 20 June 2020, the 25-year old Libyan national, Khairi Saadallah, was arrested by British police for stabbing to death 3 people and injuring three others. UK’s counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation, concerned that the attack may have been Islamist inspired.

UK Assistant Commissioner for Counter Terrorism Policing, Neil Basu, said no further suspects are under investigation by the police.

One eyewitness at the scene of the stabbing, Lawrence Wort, said that people were relaxing and enjoying the sun when he heard a man shouting and yelling. Then the man began to approach people in the park, and started to stab people in the neck and under the arms, and attacked multiple people. One of those who died in the attack was James Furlong, a 36-year old teacher who was head of history and government and politics at The Holt School in Wokingham.

Muhammad Jamal Saadallah, the brother of the accused Khairi Saadallah commented on his personal Facebook page on accusations levelled at his brother by the British media of having terrorist motives: “This is not true. Khairi defended himself … racist countries. Freedom for my brother Before!!” The Facebook page of Muhammad Saadallah, who lives in Tripoli, shows no extremist tendencies or posts but asserts he is a rap fan and adopts the rap style.

But Khairi Saadallah’s Facebook page does not show any extremism orientations only because it is devoid of almost any posts except for some family photos with his nephews during earlier times in Libya. British reports on his behavior were contradictory, while the police has not issued any official report so far on the outcome of investigations.

The British media, quoting the police, said that the attack for which Khairi was arrested had terrorist motives, indicating that there was a connection between the accused and a terrorist organization.

The BBC quoted police as saying that Khairi was known to intelligence agency, the MI5, after receiving information about his intention to travel to Syria in 2019, but investigations are underway to find out the motives for the attack. 

Khairi’s affiliation card to one of the revolutionary battalions in Libya in 2011.

The British Guardian said in a report that “Neighbors said a close family member of Saadallah’s had fought in Libya against Gaddafi and had faced anti-Muslim abuse after the family’s arrival in the UK… They called him a terrorist.” It is likely, given the militia card he had acquired, that Khairi too had taken part in revolutionary activities in Libya in 2011.

Khairi had arrived in Britain in 2012 and had resided there and sought asylum later. He lived there as a refugee and had not yet acquired British citizenship, contrary to the allegations otherwise.

© Al Marsad English (2020)