Humiliation for Channel 4 as they incorrectly name Islamic hate preacher as London attacker… despite him being in JAIL
- Channel 4 News claimed at start of show that Abu Izzadeen was behind attack
- But it later said ‘we’re not as certain about identity of attacker as we thought’
- His lawyer denied he could be attacker because he is in jail for breaching bail
- At least four people died today after knifeman mowed down ten pedestrians
Channel 4 News claimed at the start of their programme at 7pm that Izzadeen was behind the shocking attack this afternoon, but later admitted there was ‘doubt’ over whether this was the case.
Simon Israel, Channel 4’s senior home affairs correspondent, told viewers halfway through tonight’s show: ‘It may be that we’re not as certain about identity of the attacker as we thought.’
This came after senior security sources and Izzadeen’s lawyer denied he could be the attacker – because he is in prison.
The show ended with confirmation from Izzadeen’s brother that he was still in jail.
A Channel 4 spokesman said after the programme: ‘On tonight’s Channel 4 News, senior home affairs correspondent Simon Israel quoted a source as saying that the name of the Westminster attacker was believed to be Abu Izzadeen, formerly known as Trevor Brooks. During the course of the programme, conflicting information came to light. Channel 4 News is currently looking into this.’
Izzadeen – also known as Trevor Brooks – is a former BT electrician and career criminal Izzadeen who converted to Islam aged 17.
He was jailed for two years in January 2016 for breaching the Terrorism Act by leaving the UK illegally. Izzadeen was radicalised by Omar Bakri Mohammed and Abu Hamza at Finsbury Park Mosque.