I’m not surprised (although it is a perfect opportunity for taqiyya) so why is anybody else. From the Manchester Evening News
Manchester Arena mass murderer Hashem Abedi is refusing to take part in any ‘de-radicalisation’ programmes in prison, a new TV investigation claims.
Abedi, who plotted the 2017 terror attack alongside his brother, suicide bomber Salman Abedi, is being held in a ‘prison within a prison’, says ITV News. In a report due to air on Wednesday at 10pm, ITV claims Abedi is in a ‘separation centre’ at HMP Frankland, near Durham. It’s said to be reserved for prisoners with extreme views who pose the gravest ideological risk of radicalising other prisoners.
The programme was given access to Frankland and HMP Full Sutton, near York, home to some of the most dangerous terrorists and killers.
His prison interview with two inquiry lawyers was recorded – and he confessed to being a supporter of ‘violent jihad and a supporter of the institutions of Sharia law through violence’. Abedi also admitted to being a supporter of Islamic State.
ITV says he is not co-operating with specialist de-radicalisation programmes while serving his sentence.
While inside HMP Frankland, the programme says it also observed a man believed to be Hashem Abedi on CCTV security footage socialising with another inmate identified as a former Taliban fighter who was jailed for plotting terror attacks in the UK.
While locked in their cells, ‘separation centre’ prisoners talk to one another by shouting through open windows.
Richard Vipond, a probation officer and prison offender manager at HMP Frankland told of an incident with one inmate. “One particular person I was working with, we opened his cell door and he said ‘I’m not going talk to you, you’re an enemy of Islam, you’re an Islamophobe, you’re my enemy’,” he said. “There are some people that are so entrenched in their views, in their ideologies and their beliefs that we just become a holding centre for them.”