A member of al-Qaeda jailed for ten years in 2008 for his part in a terror plot has been released early from prison.
He was part of a British terror cell, headed by Rangzieb Ahmed, that police believe were planning a massacre in Britain. But despite being jailed for ten years in December 2008, he has now been released and is living at a bail hostel in Manchester.
During his trial the court heard how Ahmed downloaded a document called “a study of assassination” and looked up bomb-making techniques.
He also checked on the addresses of former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, military bases and senior policemen.
He was caught when British Customs found notebooks containing names and phone numbers of key al Qaeda figures as he flew from Dubai to hand them to Rangzieb.
Ahmed was arrested in 2006 and so had spent five years in prison including time spent on remand.
A spokesman for the National Offender Management Service said: “Serious offenders on licence are subject to strict conditions and controls.”
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