Southwark Council is counting the cost to its reputation after hiring a woman who had been imprisoned for helping a failed suicide bomber. Mulumbet Girma served five years in prison, from 2008 to 2013, after pleading guilty to assisting her brother-in-law Hussein Osman in his attempt to flee the country.
Osman was jailed for life after a failed suicide bombing attempt on the London Underground which took place just a few weeks after the 7/7 bombings. Girma was found guilty of both assisting him as he attempted to flee to and failing to disclose information about his crimes to the authorities. Shortly after being released from prison, she applied for a job with the council, but their HR team failed to carry out basic DBS checks, despite her ticking a box that said she had criminal convictions. More