'New Jihadi John' Siddhartha Dhar helped radicalise one of Lee Rigby's killers
The 32-year-old was a close associate of Michael Adebolajo and mentored him before the attack
The Brit named as the “new Jihadi John” helped radicalise one of the terrorists who murdered Lee Rigby .
Fugitive Siddhartha Dhar, 32, who is believed to feature in the latest Islamic Statevideo, was a close associate of Michael Adebolajo and mentored him before the attack.
Dad-of-four Dhar, a convert to Islam from Hinduism, praised Adebolajo after he andMichael Adebowale slaughtered solder Lee in Woolwich, South East London, in May 2013.
Dhar called Adebolajo, who is serving a life sentence for the killing, “quiet, refined and brave” as he was himself becoming a renowned jihadist sympathiser on the streets of London.
They pair were members of the banned terror group Al-Muhajiroun.
Dhar was arrested in 2014 but was bailed.
He then defied orders to give up his passport, boarded a coach to Paris and fled to Syria.
A close friend said: “He said he was going to go to prison and be split up from his family so he decided to leave for Syria .
"He said there was no way he would go to jail and he would join the Islamic caliphate.”
Dhar had been freed on police bail by Scotland Yard detectives investigating hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s inner circle.
Former bouncy castle salesman Dhar, 32, has constantly taunted British security services on social media, writing a series of messages just weeks after he fled the UK, including: “My Lord (Allah) made a mockery of British intelligence and surveillance.
“What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze through Europe to the Islamic State.”
Meanwhile, The Mirror can reveal that the brother of Adebolajo praised fundamentalist Dhar after he jumped bail to fight for the Islamic State.
Jeremiah Adebolajo sent a personal message of support to Dhar calling on him to become “an example to others”.
Both Michael Adebolajo and Dhar were members of the banned UK based terror group Al-Muhajiroun which Choudary helped form.
In his message on Twitter, Jeremiah Adebolajo told Dhar: “May Allah grant you good in this world and Shahada.
"And may he make you an example for others. I love you for Allah’s sake.”
Adebolajo, who has had contact with MI5 and was interviewed by Scotland Yard after the Woolwich murder, has also retweeted a message from Dhar in which he calls for support for fighters in the Islamic State.
Security services are under increasing pressure to explain why Dhar was not taken into custody after being arrested and why it took them more than a month to realise he had not surrendered his passport after being bailed.
According to a source close to his family, the radical even told his family they would “burn in hellfire” for not being Muslim as he became more and more radicalised.