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London Tube bomb plotter’s helper DID tell council about criminal past – but bosses ‘regrettably’ failed to check before giving her top job

COUNCIL chiefs have admitted failing to carry out checks before handing a jihadi jailed for helping the 21/7 bombers a top job. Mulumebet Girma rose through housing department ranks after London’s Southwark Council failed to uncover her criminal past, The Sun exclusively revealed. The Ethiopian ex-model, who was even put on the cover of a […]

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COUNCIL chiefs have admitted failing to carry out checks before handing a jihadi jailed for helping the 21/7 bombers a top job.

Mulumebet Girma rose through housing department ranks after London’s Southwark Council failed to uncover her criminal past, The Sun exclusively revealed.

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Mulumebet Girma competing in the Miss Brighton contest in 2005[/caption]

The Ethiopian ex-model, who was even put on the cover of a council magazine to promote its apprenticeship scheme, has now been sacked.

Southward Council has revealed Girma, 33, disclosed an unspent conviction when applying for an apprenticeship, but checks were not carried out despite her having been in one of the UK’s highest-profile terror trials.

Eleanor Kelly, chief executive of Southwark Council, said: “Ms Girma did state that she had an unspent conviction on her initial application for an apprenticeship, but not in several subsequent internal job applications.

“At no point in any application did she declare that she has a conviction under the Terrorism Act or for terrorism offences.

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Convicted Mulumebet Girma was given a top job at London’s Southwark Council[/caption]

Girma was chosen to be on the cover for a council magazine

“When the initial unspent conviction was declared, the officer responsible should have established the details and escalated the matter to the HR director.

“Regrettably in this case, procedure was not followed.

“We now have a new head of HR in place who has been updating and strengthening our processes, and all applicants are now asked to give full details of any unspent conviction when they apply.”

Girma, got a job with Southwark Council as a trainee customer services assistant in 2013 — shortly after she was released early from a 10-year jail term.

Eleanor Kelly, the chief executive of Southwark Council, said changes have been made
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Eleanor Kelly, the chief executive of Southwark Council, said changes have been made[/caption]

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Osman was caught in Italy after Girma helped him flee[/caption]

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Girma buys The Sun in Brighton the day after bombing[/caption]

A simple Google search would have revealed ex-model Girma had been convicted under the Terrorism Act for assisting her brother-in-law Hussein Osman, who tried to blow up a packed commuter train on 21 July 2005.

There is even a Wikipedia page detailing her involvement, after Osman failed to blow up a train in Shepherd’s Bush when his rucksack bomb only partially exploded.

He was taken by Girma’s sister and brother to her home in Brighton, where the student and model tended burns to his legs.

Girma hid Osman – the father of her three nieces and nephews – in her home, and lied to the police about his whereabouts.

She then helped him to a safe house, and he later escaped to London and then Rome.

CCTV footage of Mulumebet Girma at a petrol station in Preston Road, Brighton
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Osman is seen on board the number 22 bus as it travelled from Wood Lane, west London before his failed suicide bombing[/caption]

In June 2008 Girma and her siblings were found guilty of assisting an offender and failing to disclose information on the plot.

She and her brother Esayas were both jailed for ten years, while her sister Yeshi - Osman's wife - was handed a 15-year-sentence.

Judge Paul Worsley told the siblings the sentences he was able to pass by law were "woefully inadequate to reflect the enormity" of the case.

He said the sisters had told the court a "tissue of lies".

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Girma got ten years for hiding the failed suicide bomber at her home[/caption]

He added: "In my judgment it is almost impossible to imagine more serious offending.

"I have no doubt that each of you were prepared to aid a ruthless fanatic and that you must have harboured hope that the bombers would have been successful in their mission to seek to damage our society where people can still go about their daily business fairly and with confidence.

"This court will reflect society's condemnation of what you did by imposing sentences which punish, deter others, and ensure the public are protected."

Girma appearing at court in 2008, where she was handed a ten-year-sentence
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Despite her previous offending Girma's solicitor has said her a career has been ruined for no good reason.

In a  statement Birnberg Peirce said: "In 2008 she was convicted of two offences which stemmed entirely from a familial relationship whereby she assisted her brother-in-law after his failed involvement in a terrorist incident.

"Her conviction was not for offences which required proof of terrorist motive or intent, neither of which she had - indeed she condemns all forms of terrorism.

"In halving her sentence the Court of Appeal recognised the personal dilemma faced by individuals placed in her situation and since her release she has done everything in her power to lead a law abiding existence.

"She disclosed her convictions in her application to Southwark Council, both in writing and orally and subsequently had a successful career which has now been destroyed for no purpose."

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Girma got the job with Southwark Council as a trainee customer services assistant in 2013[/caption]

Upon her release from jail, Girma had risen through the ranks to become a systems and performance analyst in the housing team.

She appeared on the cover of a council magazine to show off the success of its apprenticeship scheme.

A source said: “How did she manage to get this job without any checks? All it would take was a Google of her name to see her past.

“The database she had control over contains clients who are deemed ‘vulnerable.’ This is for a whole range of reasons — but one is them being on a watch list, or worries they could be at risk of links to terrorism…”

Southwark Tory councillor Michael Mitchell said: “This is a truly shocking blunder. Allowing someone with that background to work with potentially vulnerable clients is an entirely avoidable risk. It’s a huge error.”

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Hussein Osman tried to blow up a packed commuter train in 2005[/caption]

Two of Osman's accomplices, Muktar Said Ibrahim (left) and Ramzi Mohammed, during their arrest on July 29, 2005
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She was one of 40 apprentices in 2013 and eventually got a permanent job at the council's Peckham office.

Southwark Council has denied Girma denied she had direct access to watch list data.

Chief executive Eleanor Kelly said: “As soon as her background came to light we terminated her employment. She did not disclose her full offence.

“During her employment this individual never had access to police watch list data.

“We have fully reviewed her activity while she was employed at the council, including her computer usage, and no wrongdoing was uncovered.”

The pair were found in a seventh-floor west London flat, while Osman was arrested later that day in Italy
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Italian forensic experts examine Osman’s Rome hideout[/caption]

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The attempted bombing happened just two weeks after terrorists killed 52 passengers on July 7[/caption]

The July 21 bombers attempted to blow up Tube trains and a bus two weeks after terrorists killed 52 passengers in the July 7 attacks.

A huge death toll was averted because the four bombers failed to mix their devices’ chemicals properly.

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Brexit is a dangerous game – Theresa May must play that ace and walk to trump EU

HOW heartwarming to see France and Germany marching into last week’s EU summit in lock step with British PM Theresa May. The image brought joy to those who desperately want a deal at any price. But warm words and fixed grins fail to erase the disturbing impression that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort. […]

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HOW heartwarming to see France and Germany marching into last week’s EU summit in lock step with British PM Theresa May.

The image brought joy to those who desperately want a deal at any price.

Britain’s threat to walk away with a ‘no deal’ is, and always has been, our trump card — but only if we are prepared to play it

But warm words and fixed grins fail to erase the disturbing impression that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort.

Before getting carried away with this so-called “breakthrough”, we need to know if it was a genuine gesture of goodwill — or another ploy to cast Britain as the ungrateful neighbour from hell.

EU leaders are not being kind. They are acting, rightly, in their own self-interest.

They have no intention of allowing this country to leave their club on favourable terms.

Warm words and fixed grins from EU leaders fail to erase the thought that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort at the EU summit
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We must be made to pay — and not just in the sackloads of cash demanded as ransom.

If our 27 ex-partners seem to be adopting a more realistic stance, it is because the UK appears determined, if pushed, to leave with No Deal.

The threat to walk is, and always has been, our trump card — but only if we are prepared to play it.

The last thing Britain must do now, in the face of a rather unconvincing new charm offensive, is to drop its guard and go wobbly.

We must know if Theresa May’s ‘breakthrough’ was a genuine gesture of goodwill
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EU leaders have no intention of offering serious concessions, let alone a white flag of surrender.

But they do know a clean Brexit would be disastrous for the European Dream.

First, they wouldn’t get a brass farthing from the British taxpayer — a truly catastrophic loss of revenue for an already spluttering political experiment.

Second, whatever turbulence we face, few seriously doubt unfettered Britain will flourish while the EU struggles on with stubborn unions and an army of unemployed young people. Others might want what we are having.

Luckily, Theresa May has some invaluable advice from the only person with recent first-hand experience of EU bully-boy tactics.

Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis published the punishment Brussels dished out to bankrupt Greece
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Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has published a scathing blow-by-blow account of the punishment beating dished out to bankrupt Greece for daring to stand up to Brussels.

Adults In The Room should be compulsory reading for ALL Cabinet ministers. It bleakly warns against any hope of compromise from Germany and France.

“They must realise you are prepared to walk out of the negotiations, whatever their threats,” says Varoufakis, “for if you are not, there is no point in entering the negotiating room in the first place.”

Having ignored his crucial advice in 2015, Greece today is condemned to spend eternity in what he describes as “debtors’ prison”.

Varoufakis’ account echoes the relentless mockery and smear campaigns against Brexit leader Boris Johnson
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Varoufakis unveils the treachery, deceit and black propaganda deployed by Brussels — like the relentless mockery and smear campaigns against Mrs May and Brexit leader Boris Johnson.

The EU will stop at nothing to save their sacred Grand Project, he says.

Last week’s good cop/bad cop routine by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron was just another negotiating tactic.

“I warned Theresa May she is going to get the EU run-around,” Varoufakis said last week.

“That runaround is now proceeding apace.”

The good cop/bad cop routine employed Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron was just another EU negotiating tactic
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Their first priority is to wreck plans for No Deal.

Having appeared to give ground, they will now string out negotiations only to pull the plug when it is too late for Britain to prepare for a viable clean break.

Remainers backed by Jeremy Corbyn would then campaign for Britain to cancel Article 50 and grovel to be allowed back in.

It is a dangerous game. Would Boris, Michael Gove and others simply stand by and allow Angela Merkel to humiliate this country?

Would Michael Gove and others simply stand by and allow Angela Merkel to humiliate this country?
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Would Tory Remainiacs like Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan be prepared to bring down their own government and let Corbyn’s Trots into power?

Chancellor Phil Hammond thinks it is a waste of Treasury money to prepare for something that might not happen. He might as well ask: “What is the point of our armed forces?”

We are engaged in mortal combat. Britain’s economic and political future is at stake.

It is reassuring to know Brexit Secretary David Davis has read and absorbed Varoufakis’s instruction manual — and never leaves home without it.

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‘Killer’ clowns ‘leaving kids terrified by lurking outside schools’

FEARS of a killer clown comeback are on the rise after pranksters scared kids by lurking near schools this week. Clowns were spotted in Kent and Cornwall terrifying children and jumping out at moving cars. Parents of pupils at Thamesview School in Gravesend said they saw clowns, while another school nearby also reported pranksters. Matthew […]

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FEARS of a killer clown comeback are on the rise after pranksters scared kids by lurking near schools this week.

Clowns were spotted in Kent and Cornwall terrifying children and jumping out at moving cars.

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The ‘killer clown’ craze swept the globe last year ahead of Halloween and there are fears it will return[/caption]

Parents of pupils at Thamesview School in Gravesend said they saw clowns, while another school nearby also reported pranksters.

Matthew Clark, headteacher at Tymberwood Academy, said the school was taking it seriously and wrote on Facebook: “We want to make you aware of an incident at lunchtime today.

“Some of our pupils, playing on the lower part of the KS2 playground, may have witnessed some older local children, wearing Halloween clown masks, running along the alleyway and acting inappropriately.”

Shoppers and cars were targeted in Canterbury and multiple people reported a masked person chasing people in Liskeard, Cornwall.

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The craze involved people donning scary clown costumes and deliberately trying to frighten others[/caption]

Witnesses said they saw a man in a clown mask chasing cars down the road and shouting at people, as one woman said the man scared her six-year-old child.

These sightings have prompted fears the craze which swept the globe this time last year could be coming back.

People all over the world donned masks and were known as “killer clowns” as they scared others through pranks.

Last year Thames Valley Police were called to 14 reports of people being intimidated or frightened by people dressed as clowns over the course of two days.

Some of those who dressed up ended up in court as the craze escalated and saw people attacked and severely frightened.

The disturbing craze returned in September 2017 when a spooky jester was reportedly jumping out on people in an Essex park.

Advice from police in the UK about what to do if you encounter a clown is to remain calm and call the authorities.


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Robert Mugabe dropped as goodwill ambassador by World Health Organisation after just ONE DAY

ZIMBABWEAN despot Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation after his shock appointment was condemned across the world. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sparked outrage on Saturday when he announced Mugabe, 93, would coordinate the UN’s battle against heart disease, cancer and diabetes across Africa. Critics have accused […]

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ZIMBABWEAN despot Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation after his shock appointment was condemned across the world.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sparked outrage on Saturday when he announced Mugabe, 93, would coordinate the UN’s battle against heart disease, cancer and diabetes across Africa.

Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the WHO
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Critics have accused the Zimbabwean President of running his country’s healthcare system into the ground while he regularly flies abroad for his own medical treatment.

Opposition leaders from the impoverished nation blasted Mugabe’s appointment, claiming his government has left hospitals so short of cash and supplies that patients are often required to buy their own drugs before surgery.

The surprise decision was also slammed by the UK Government, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and groups including UN Watch and the World Heart Federation.

Dr Tedros, the first African to lead the WHO, said he was “honoured” that Mugabe was joining the organisation and described Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide healthcare to all”.

The despot was named as the WHO's goodwill ambassador just yesterday
The despot was named as the WHO’s goodwill ambassador on Saturday
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In an embarrassing climbdown a day later, the WHO head revealed Mugabe has been dropped from the role.

He said: “I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs (Noncommunicable diseases) in Africa.

“As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment.

“I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised.

“I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization.”

Dr Tedros said he is firmly committed to ensuring that “everyone has access to the health care they need”.

Salani Mutseyami, a spokeswoman for the campaign groups Zimbabwe Vigil and Restoration of Human Rights, said Mugabe’s appointment was “absolutely absurd”.

She added: “It shows the lack of interest that the UN might have towards what is really going on in Zimbabwe.

“If the leader has to jet off to another country to get medical attention that shows you he cannot get that in Zimbabwe.

“The whole health system is in tatters. So I don’t know what political games are being played by the United Nations when they give such a man a platform.”

 

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