Anti-terror cops believed he was one of the most dangerous Islamic terrorists ever captured on British soil after discovering his close links with Al-Qaeda’s top godfathers in Pakistan.
The Rochdale-born extremist was first arrested by Indian forces aged 18 accused of fighting for banned terror group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen in the disputed Kashmir Region.
While held in an Indian jail Ahmed received money from fellow Briton Ahmed Omar Saeed, the terrorist sheikh who ordered the beheading on US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
Ahmed was released in 2001 and rose through Al Qaeda’s ranks before before returning to the UK in 2005
British intelligence revealed a diary found in Ahmed's luggage contained Al-Qaeda contacts, with details written in invisible ink.
The names included personal details of Abu Hamza Rabia, who was later killed in Pakistan in November 2005, during a US and Pakistani anti-terror forces.
TERROR PLOTTER CAPTURED
In 2007 Ahmed was captured at London's Heathrow Airport on his return from another trip to Pakistan and charged with directing terrorism and possessing three terrorist contact books and the explosive-tainted rucksack.
In December 2008 he was jailed for life with a recommendation that he served a minimum of ten years before he could be considered for parole.
But Sun inquiries revealed authorities have moved swiftly to prepare him for release since his minimum term was exceeded a year ago.
Ahmed began his sentence in maximum security Category A Frankland Prison in County Durham, which is one of Britain’s toughest jails.
He was caged alongside notorious killers such as Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Milly Dowler murderer Levi Bellfield and double killer Michael Stone.
But he was shifted to HMP Lowdham Grange in Notts, a Category B jail, after complaining of discrimination to prison authorities after his Sony MP3 player was confiscated.
And he has now been moved to an even cushier nick - Category C Wymott Jail in Lancashire - alongside paedophile TV weatherman Fred Talbot.
The news comes as Boris Johnson revealed 74 people jailed for terror offences and released early will have their licence conditions revised.
The Ministry of Justice launched the urgent review after convicted terrorist Khan, who had served half of his sentence, killed two people in a knife attack at London Bridge on Friday.
A Parole Board spokesman told The Sun last night: "An oral hearing has been listed for the parole review of Rangzieb Ahmed and is scheduled to take place in January 2020.