Samantha Lewthwaite, the British terrorism suspect known as the White Widow, gave birth to her fourth child at an upmarket private health clinic in Johannesburg where she paid in cash and gave a false address.
Lewthwaite, then aged 26, registered at the Genesis clinic under one of her pseudonyms, Asmaa Shahidah Bint-Andrews, and attended four midwife appointments before her daughter Surajah's delivery on July 24, 2010. She was accompanied to each appointment by a man she described as her husband and who was "attentive and caring" towards her.
In the birth entry, his name is listed as Adam Omar, but her midwife believes his name was Abdi. The Daily Telegraph was told this week that Surajah's father is Abdi Wahid, a former naval officer from Kenya who defected to al-Shabaab, the Somali terror group to which Lewthwaite has also been linked. In pictures published for the first time this week, Lewthwaite, the widow of the July 7 suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, was shown sitting in a South African hospital bed cradling Surajah, with a man, believed to be Wahid, standing alongside.
The British soldier's daughter from Aylesbury, Bucks, is believed to have first travelled to the country in 2008. The picture was taken in the Genesis clinic, in the Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold.
It has eight private rooms with facilities more commonly found in a boutique hotel, including double beds, mahogany furniture, minibars, marble-clad bathrooms and individual gardens. Her use of the clinic seems at odds with her alleged alliance to an Islamist terrorist group intent on attacking Western targets.
Lewthwaite's midwife, Lesley Rose, said she had been referred to her on recommendation from a friend. "She came to me quite late in her pregnancy," she said. "She told me that she was from the UK and had three kids already. She said she wanted a midwife-assisted delivery because that's how they do it in the UK."
She said Lewthwaite had worn a niqab on the four occasions she saw her but removed it for their consultations, which she attended with her husband and her children, including her eight-year-old daughter Ruqayyah who also wore a hijab. "I don't remember the exact name of the husband," she said.
"The name Abdi sounds very familiar to me. He definitely wasn't called Adam Omar. "She told me that he had a contract in South Africa for two years. I think she said he worked in the media. She was always in very traditional purdah but he was never wearing any of the traditional clothing, just T-shirts and jumpers. I could see he did his prayers though because his trousers didn't touch his ankles."
She said there was little about the couple to suggest their alleged terrorist links. "She struck me as intelligent and educated," she said. "She was a bit more talkative than him. She was a nice girl and we chatted. I said she was very young to have four children. She told me she was a housewife and always had been. As I recall, she came from a broken home and that was why she converted to Islam.
"They weren't affectionate in front of me but he was attentive and caring with her, like any expectant father." She said the couple opted for a water birth, a first for Lewthwaite, and had been "quite emotional" after Surajah's arrival. "They seemed quite close. The kids were in and out and running around. Their father brought them in soon after the delivery that night to see the baby," she said.
"They were unkempt though which struck me as odd, quite dirty and scruffy. When they came in to the hospital room, she didn't seem concerned they were climbing on the bed with dirty feet, or running around like mad. She didn't say anything which was a bit weird." The couple were offered a procedure to determine the baby's blood group, but declined.
Since they apparently did not have medical insurance, the couple chose an "Early Bird" deal which allowed them to pay just R6,000 (pounds 380), which they settled in cash, and stay for six hours after the birth rather than the standard two nights.
Under the name Natalie Faye Webb, Lewthwaite was registered at four addresses in the Mayfair area, which is home to large Indian and African Muslim populations, with numerous mosques.
But she gave the clinic an address in the bohemian suburb of Melville, which is popular with media workers and young professionals. Yesterday, a man who said he had lived at the address for four years said he had never heard of Lewthwaite. The property's owner, who lives in Europe, said he was "outraged" that she had used his address.