Five prison officers suspended after Woolwich suspect claims he was targetedFive prison officers have been suspended after an incident involving one of the men suspected of murdering soldier Lee Rigby
By Alice Philipson
11:39PM BST 19 Jul 2013
The officers have been sent home on full pay and cannot work at Belmarsh high security prison or any other jail following the struggle with Michael Adebolajo, 28, on Wednesday.
The five men deny they assaulted Adebolajo, who is understood to have lost two teeth while being restrained at the prison in southeast London.
Adebolajo, who is on remand charged with the murder of Drummer Rigby; is said to have claimed he was “targeted” by prison officers at the jail.
Peter McParlin, the national chairman of the Prison Officers’ Association, said the Ministry of Justice had “let the staff down” over the incident.
He told The Times he had spoken to the officers involved and they insisted they had done nothing wrong.