Police botched their investigation into Isis propaganda that inspired the Parsons Green attacker and failed to link him to the terrorist group, The Independent can reveal.
“There is nothing to suggest he was inspired by Daesh [Isis],” the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told The Independent.
Our investigations show that police found evidence of Hassan’s affiliation with the terrorist group, but misinterpreted the material and sent flawed information to prosecutors.
It seems the evidence referred to was ISIS propaganda in the form of ‘nasheeds’ (Islamic songs):
Charlie Winter, a senior research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College London, said he was “surprised and a little troubled” that specialist counter-terror police failed to identify the material.
“It seems they’ve dropped the ball on these nasheeds and this is problematic because it’s symptomatic of a broader unawareness of what nasheeds are, what they do and the fact they are produced in-house by Isis,” he added.
These are specialist anti-terror police, remember. Supposedly highly trained in this sort of thing.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the new head of UK counter-terrorism policing, admitted his officers were “not perfect”.
We aren’t expecting them to be. We are expecting them to be competent.
“We’ve got a serious issue with the volume of digital media, what we’re able to analyse and what we’re able to put before the prosecution,” he added.
“It has increased many, many-fold in just a couple of short years, so I’m concerned that we haven’t got enough resource to be able to look at the vast range of material quickly enough to get everything into a case.”
Ah, the usual excuse – ‘We need more resources!’. Well, no. You didn’t miss these songs. You failed to realise what they were and give them the significance needed to support the correct charges.
Which, given the job you’re trained for, is astonishing. So astonishing it raises certain questions, does it not?