MI6 and the counter-terrorism police are investigating the resettlement of Adel Abdel Bary from the US after serving a 16-year prison sentence
Osama bin Laden’s former spokesman can walk the streets of the UK without official restrictions as sources have labeled him « old and obese » after his release from a US prison.
Adel Abdel Bary, 60, was flown back to the UK on Thursday after serving 21 years in prison for involvement in the Al Qaeda bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people were.
Bary is said to have been reunited with his wife who lived in a council flat worth up to 750. 000 pounds lives in Maida Vale in North West London.
He is free to roam the streets without the formal restrictions such as electronic tagging and curfews that normally apply to released terrorists since the sentence was served in the United States.
However, sources insisted that after so many years in detention without contact with top leadership in Islamist terror networks, he posed little risk to the British public.
Bary, who was born in Egypt, is also believed to pose little physical threat as he is severely overweight – one reason US authorities ordered his deportation due to the serious threat to his life if he was in prison with Covid-19 caught.
« Bari is very broken, » said a well-placed source. “He’s pretty old and pretty obese, and he’s been in prison for a very long time. How credible his contacts are remains to be seen, but after spending so many years behind bars, his contact book has dried up. ”
John Hayes, a Conservative MP on the Intelligence and Security Committee and former Security Secretary, said: “It is a great shame we cannot push him back to Egypt. The fewer that kind of people we have in this country, the better. ”
MI6 and counterterrorism police are investigating Bary’s return and resettlement to the UK. It is likely that he will be subjected to electronic surveillance to monitor his communications.
Bary was arrested by Scotland Yard detectives in 1999 after the bombings of the US embassy in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam the year before, which signaled the appearance of al-Qaeda on the world stage.
The arrest sparked a 13-year extradition war that eventually led to his move to the United States in 2012. Bary closed a plea deal in the US in 2015 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. He has now been released after serving 16 years in prison awaiting trial.
The UK had no choice but to take Bary back after an agreement was reached during the extradition process that Britain would read him back once his US prison sentence was served.
Bary, who was born in Egypt, cannot be sent back to his homeland because the danger of torture violates his human rights. A Home Office source said: « We had no choice but to take it back under the terms of the previous deal. «
The Home Office said a « set of powers » had been used to monitor Bary upon his return.
A spokesman said: « The security of our country is a top priority for the government, and the police and security and intelligence services have a range of powers to administer individuals.
« The US and UK are holding onto previous commitments to secure his extradition to the US in court. ”
Bary applied for political asylum in the UK in 1991 after fleeing Egypt, where he was tortured so badly as an opposition lawyer that he suffered physical scars and mental illness.
He was granted asylum in March 1993 and was granted permanent residence in Great Britain in 1997. He brought his wife and three children to the UK in 1993 and had three other children in that country.
One of his children, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 28, traveled to Syria to fight the Islamic State and was photographed holding up the head of an executed prisoner.
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