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Daniel Khalife charged with prison escape after going on the run for four days

Police have charged Daniel Khalife with escaping custody from HMP Wandsworth in south London.

The terror suspect escaped from the category B jail on Wednesday, before being arrested by police along a canal towpath yesterday.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, the Metropolitan Police said.

An extensive four-day manhunt, which caused extensive queues on roads, at ports and in airports across the country, came to an end when Khalife was apprehended in Chiswick yesterday.

Witnesses reported he laughed and winked after a plainclothes officer knocked him off his bike on the towpath near Rowdell Road in Northolt.

In a statement, the Met said: ‘Daniel Abed Khalife, 21, will appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday September 11 charged as follows: On the 6th day of September 2023, then being a prisoner in His Majesty’s Prison at Wandsworth, being remanded in custody pending trial as ordered at the Central Criminal Court on the 21st day of July 2023, escaped, contrary to common law.’

While being held on remand at the jail, having previously been charged with terror offences which he denies, Khalife strapped himself to the bottom of a food delivery truck as it left the site.

Police put out an appeal for him, saying he would likely still be wearing the chef-style outfit he had on while performing duties in the kitchens.

The brazen escape has raised questions about security at Wandsworth and other prisons around the UK.

Speaking to to the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg this morning, Justice Secretary Alex Chalk said investigations had been launched into the incident.

He said: ‘The real question is whether the protocols were followed to the extent they should be.’

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