Convicted hate preacher Abdullah el-Faisal claims he mentored Samantha Lewthwaite, the “White Widow”, and even arranged her second marriage
Samantha Lewthwaite, the “White Widow”, was mentored by a convicted hate preacher while he was imprisoned in Britain, it has been claimed.
Abdullah el-Faisal said that Lewthwaite, the widow of July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, offered him money and clothing while he was at Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire.
He also claimed to have arranged her second marriage, to Fahmi Jamal Salim, a Kenyan who wanted to wed “a British girl”, the Sunday Times reported.
Lewthwaite has spent the past two and a half years on the run, and has been repeatedly linked to terrorist plots in East Africa.
She gave interviews after the 2005 London attacks in which she said the actions of her ex-husband and father of two of her children were “abhorrent”.
But Faisal, who spent four years in prison for inciting murder before being deported to Jamaica, said she “looked happy” when he saw her in 2006, the year after the bombings.
“Surprisingly, when she came to visit me, she didn’t seem like she was sad or she had the world on her shoulders … Because she lost her husband in the 7/7 bombing I would think she would be sad but when she came, she was jovial, she looked happy.”
In an interview for a BBC1 documentary, The White Widow: Searching for Samantha, to be broadcast on Wednesday, he added: “We kept in touch by telephone on a regular basis when I was in prison.”
“When I was in prison she looked after me to a certain extent. She always asked, ‘Do you need anything?’ because she’s a very, very kind person.
“Anything I need, for example, books or clothing or cash, ‘You need anything, let me know, I’ll send it.”
Earlier this month the Telegraph disclosed that Lewthwaite escaped arrest by minutes after her terror co-conspirator Jermaine Grant warned that police were nearby with a text message saying: “The lions are inside.”
The alert, in December 2011, gave her time to flee as officers closed in on Grant and arrested him alongside his Kenyan wife and another alleged local accomplice. She has been on the run since.
She is thought to be with at least four children from three different fathers and is reportedly being sheltered in al-Shabaab territory in southern Somalia.