Police arrest London Bridge attack suspect as May hints at limiting suspects’ rights

By DW (Deutsche Welle) | 07.06.2017

Police have made a fresh arrest tied to last week’s attack in central London. With security in the spotlight ahead of elections, the UK’s prime minister has proposed undermining human rights to improve public safety.

 

 

Police on Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old man in the east London suburb of Ilford in connection to a deadly terror attack that left seven people dead and dozens more wounded in central London on Saturday.

In a statement, authorities said the suspect was arrested on “suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorist acts.”

“Detectives investigating the London Bridge terror attack have carried out a search warrant at an address in east London in the early hours of Wednesday,” police said.

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The announcement comes as police have been pressed to explain their handling of suspected attacker Khuram B., who was known to authorities prior to Saturday’s attack and appeared in the 2016 television documentary “The Jihadis Next Door.”

‘No intelligence to suggest attack’

Although Khuram B. was known to authorities, police on Monday said, “There was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly.”

Earlier this week, authorities identified the assailants of the attack as 27-year-old Pakistan-born British citizen Khuram B., 30-year-old Libyan-Moroccan national Rachid R. and 22-year-old Italian-Moroccan Youssef Z.

The self-styled “Islamic State” (IS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday. However, authorities have yet to announce whether the attack was coordinated by the militant group’s operatives in Iraq or Syria, or by a UK-based cell.

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London attack suspect appeared in jihad documentary

 

May threatens to undermine human rights

 

A spate of terror attacks on British soil has moved security into the spotlight ahead of key parliamentary elections slated for Thursday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday announced that she is willing to weaken fundamental rights in order to make it easier for authorities to detain suspected militants even when authorities did not have sufficient evidence to prosecute them.

“If our human rights laws stop us from doing it, we will change the laws so we can do it,” May said at an election rally.

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