Osama Bin Laden’s London spokesperson has been released from a US prison to return to Britain on compassionate grounds – because he is at risk for coronavirus due to his obesity.
Dr Adel Abdel Bary, 60, was jailed following the devastating 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people.
He was arrested the following year and extradited to America where he entered into a plea deal that ended with a 25-year prison sentence in 2015.
Bary had been charged with 285 offenses and ultimately pleaded guilty to only a handful, including threatening to kill with explosives and conspiring to assassinate U.S. citizens overseas.
But the terrorist, who was renting London offices in Kilburn Lane for bin Laden’s propaganda activities, was 16 years behind due to the time he had spent in pre-trial detention. He was born in Egypt but was granted asylum in Britain in the early 1990s.
He is the father of ISIS jihadist Abdel-Majed Abdel, who was arrested in Spain after traveling to Syria where he posed with the severed head of a soldier in the Assad regime.
Bary was supposed to be eligible for release from prison on October 28, but on Wednesday a judge ruled he could go early on compassionate grounds about the coronavirus because he is obese and has asthma – conditions that put him more in danger.
Adel Abdul Bary after his appearance in Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in July 1999
Adel Abdul Bary, then 54, pleaded guilty in US court in 2014 to terrorism charges in 1998
Supermax ADX Florence prison where Adel Abdel Bary, 60, was serving his sentence
He is currently in a US Immigration and Customs Service detention center until he is returned to the UK.
The move is said to have sparked concern among British officials who, according to the Times, are even considering whether to ask if he can stay in America.
Bary cannot even be placed under measures to prevent and investigate terrorism because he has already served his sentence.
The United States and the United Kingdom have agreed that he will not be transferred home until arrangements for what will happen to him are settled.
Adel Abdel Bary is the father of jihadist Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary and bin Laden spokesperson
After being granted asylum, Bary became the London cell leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad – a terrorist group that merged with Al Qaeda.
During the August 1998 African embassy bombings, Bary was tasked with conveying allegations of responsibility to the media.
In one of the court hearings leading to his conviction, he cried in court after admitting to using fax machines and phone calls for messages.
He said: “I have made arrangements to convey messages from media personnel to my co-conspirators, al-Zawahiri and Bin Laden. “
Bary was serving his sentence in the supermax ADX prison in Florence.
The Home Office has been contacted for comment.