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Friday 18 August 2017

'I've shed many tears for the victims', says 'shocked' wife of terrorist with Irish links

Charisse O'Leary
Charisse O'Leary

Charisse O'Leary, the estranged wife of London terrorist Rachid Redouane, has said she is "deeply shocked, saddened and numbed" by his actions.

"My thoughts and efforts now are with trying to bring up my daughter with the knowledge that some day I will have to try and explain to her why her father did what he did."

Redouane, who lived in Rathmines with Ms O'Leary until March last year, was one of three terrorists who drove a rented van into pedestrians on London Bridge shortly after 10pm on Saturday.

Frenzy

Redouane, Khuram Shazad Butt and Youssef Zaghba then went on a stabbing frenzy in nearby Borough Market. Eight people were killed and 49 were seriously injured.

Police shot dead all three men within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call.

Ms O'Leary (38) married Redouane in Ireland in 2012 and lived with him in Rathmines, Dublin 6. The pair moved to England in 2015 before returning to Ireland last year. Records show they left again in March last year.

Ms O'Leary, who later split with Redouane, publicly denounced last month's Manchester suicide bombing on Facebook.

In a statement today Ms O'Leary said: "My heartfelt thoughts go out to all those murdered or injured in the events of June 3. I am deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions of my ex-partner.

"Since discovering that it was Rachid that was responsible, I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrific incident.

"Rachid and I have been separated for six months. We have a beautiful young daughter, that for the last six months has been our only bond and reason for contact.

"My thoughts and efforts now are with trying to bring up my daughter with the knowledge that some day I will have to try and explain to her why her father did what he did.

"I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I condemn his actions and do not support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity."

The couple had one child together.

Marriage

Their marriage took place in the Registry Office at Sir Patrick Duns Hospital on Lower Grand Canal Street in Dublin 2, witnessed by Ms O'Leary's mother and an unknown man named Khalil Chadili.

The marriage to Ms O'Leary, a UK citizen, gave him an EU travel permit allowing him entry to the UK despite the fact he was refused asylum in 2009.

The revelation has prompted claims Ireland is being used by jihadis as a back door into Britain.

Investigations are ongoing to determine the details of Redouane's time in Ireland.

However, garda chief Norin O'Sullivan has said he was not involved in any terror cell in this country during his time here.

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