David Cameron’s government agreed to take Osama Bin Laden’s spokesman back to the UK after he is released from US jail – to avoid fears of breaching the Egyptian’s human rights
- UK reportedly agreed to accept Bary back to UK after release from US jail
- Deal was struck to avoid a human rights breach & Bary being sent back to Egypt
- Adel Abdel Bary, 60, was jailed over the 1998 terror attacks on US embassies
- He is the father of ISIS jihadi Abdel-Majed Abdel who is in jail in Spain
The UK agreed to accept Osama bin Laden’s ex-London spokesman back to into the country upon his release from jail in America, it has been revealed.
The deal was reportedly struck by David Cameron’s government to avoid a human rights breach of Adel Abdel Bary, 60, who is an Egyptian national.
The terror spin doctor would otherwise have been sent back t o Egypt where he would likely be tortured or killed by authorities.
Adel Abdul Bary after he appeared at Bow Street Magistrates court back in July 1999
ADX Florence supermax prison where Adel Abdel Bary, 60, had been serving his sentence
Sources told the Daily Telegraph that Bary’s extradition to the US was given the green light only after the UK had agreed to take him back as a successful asylum seeker.
Bary was put on trial and imprisoned in the US over the devastating 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.
‘He would not have been extradited to the US in the absence of an undertaking that, as someone with acknowledged refugee status, Britain would be treated as his home country for that reason,’ a source told the newspaper.
‘Without that there could not have been extradition.’
Bary had been charged with 285 offences, eventually pleaded guilty to just a handful, including threatening to kill by means of explosive and conspiracy to murder US citizens abroad.
But the terrorist, who leased London offices in Kilburn lane for bin Laden’s propaganda activities, had 16 years taken off due to the time he had spent on remand. He was born in Egypt but granted asylum in Britain in the early 1990s.
He is the father of ISIS jihadi Abdel-Majed Abdel, who was arresd in Spain after travelling to Syria where he posed with the severed head of an Assad regime soldier.
Bary was supposed to be eligible for release from prison on October 28, but last Wednesday a judge ruled he could go early on compassionate grounds over coronavirus because he is obese and asthmatic – conditions that put him more at risk.
He is currently in a US immigration and customs enforcement detention facility until he is sent back to the UK.
He will reportedly be housed in a council flat and put under constant surveillance and the cost of the taxpayer.
The former independent reviewer of terrorism, Lord Carlile, said: ‘It is a matter of real concern that somebody convicted of serious terrorism offenses is being returned to this country without demur and I would be very interested to see what the Home Secretary and Attorney General will have to say about this.’
Bary cannot even be placed under a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures because he has already served his sentence.
Adel Abdel Bary is the father of jihadi Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary and bin Laden’s spokesman
The US and the UK have agreed he will not be transferred home until arrangements on what will happen to him are iron out.
After Bary was granted asylum he became the London cell leader of Egyptian Islamic Jihad – a terror group which merged with al-Qaeda.
When the August 1998 African embassy bombings, Bary was responsible for transmitting to the media claims of responsibility.
In one of the court hearings leading to his sentence he cried in court after he admitted using fax machines and phone calls for the messages.
He said: ‘I arranged to transmit messages from media personnel to my co-conspirators, al-Zawahiri and Bin Laden.’
Bary had been serving his sentence in the ADX Florence supermax prison.
A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘We do not routinely comment on individual immigration cases.’