Wannabe Jihadi, 22, who trained for terror attacks and planned to join Islamic State in Syria was freed 19 months into his four-and-a-half-year prison sentence despite government objections
- Parole chiefs cleared ISIS conscript Ahmed Alsyed for early prison release
- Shock decision made November 2019, just before London Bridge terror attack
- Government appealed against decision, but Parole Board upheld decision
- Alsyed released two months before new laws stopped automatic early release
- He was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, possession of terrorist information, and dissemination of a terrorist publication
ISIS conscript Ahmed Alsyed (pictured) was let out of jail less than two years into his sentence after planning to travel to Syria
A would-be jihadist who trained for terror attacks and planned to join ISIS was handed early release from prison despite Government objections.
Parole chiefs cleared ISIS conscript Ahmed Alsyed, 22, to be let out of jail less than two years into his sentence after planning to travel to Syria.
The shock decision was made in November, 19 months after Sudan-born Alsyed was convicted of offences of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, possession of information relating to terrorist offences, and dissemination of a terrorist publication.
It has now emerged that a team of professionals, including a psychologist, a terrorist analyst, and an Imam, recommended he should be released.
Alsyed was released shortly before the London Bridge atrocity in which two people were killed by Usman Khan, and the Streatham stabbing committed by Sudesh Amman – both also released early.
Sudan-born extremist Alsyed (left), from Hounslow, west London, and his brother Yousef (right) used paintballing sessions to build their strength and target practice
Newly-published papers show that the Government appealed the decision, claiming it would be ‘irrational’ to release Alsyed back into society.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland argued that the parole panel had not carried out suitable risk assessments to ensure public safety.
He added that they had not taken Alsyed’s ‘deceptive behaviour’ into account.
But the appeal to the Parole Board of England and Wales was denied on December 30, just four weeks after the horrendous London Bridge attack.
Vice-chair John Saunders upheld the decision of parole chiefs two months before new legislation ended the automatic early release of terrorists.
The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 was introduced to the House of Commons a week after the Streatham attack. It forces convicts to spend at least two-thirds of their term behind bars before being eligible for parole.
In his written decision, vice-chair John Saunders ruled: ‘The assessment of risk is never easy in the case of prisoners convicted of terrorist offences.
‘The panel weighed the various factors and reached a conclusion that was a perfectly proper one on the evidence.
‘I do not consider that the decision was irrational.’
Police at the scene in Streatham High Road, south London after 20-year-old terrorist Sudesh Amman was shot dead by armed officers (pictured, February 2, 2020)
Alsyed, like Usman Khan (left) and Sudesh Amman (right), is just one of 74 convicted terrorists who have been released automatically. Emergency legislation now prevents this
How a fanatical ISIS conscript slipped through the cracks AFTER the London Bridge attack and two months before the Streatham stabbing
November 2019 – Alsyed was automatically released from prison;
November 29, 2019 – London Bridge attacker Usman Khan stabbed five people, two fatally, before police officers shot him dead;
December 2019 – the UK Government appealed to the Parole Board against the release of Alsyed;
December 30, 2019 – the Parole Board threw the Government’s appeal out;
January 2020 – Streatham stabber Sudesh Amman was automatically released from prison, where he was serving three years and four months for disseminating terrorist material and collecting relevant information;
February 2, 2020 – Amman stabbed two people and was shot dead;
February 3, 2020 – the UK Government said emergency legislation would be brought forward to prevent the automatic early release of terrorists;
February 11, 2020 – the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill 2020 was introduced;
February 12, 2020 – the Bill cleared all stages without a Commons vote;
February 26, 2020 – the Bill received Royal Assent and became an Act
Sudan-born extremist Alsyed, from Hounslow, west London, and his brother Yousef used paintballing sessions to build their strength and target practice.
The brothers’ terror plan was foiled when the younger of the two was referred to police by his school. Both were arrested at Heathrow Airport in August 2016.
Both admitted engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism at Woolwich Crown Court. Alsyed was handed his sentence in April 2018.
Alsyed had sent secret messages to Yousef, revealing plans to fight or die fighting for fellow religious extremists, even sharing videos of beheadings.
He said in one encrypted message: ‘I just want to do martyrdom operations.’
Alsyed is one of 74 convicted terrorists let out on licence in the UK under an automatic early release scheme.
He was released 11 months after London Bridge attacker Usman Khan and two months after Streatham terrorist Sudesh Amman were automatically released.
Khan was serving 16 years for terrorism offences after his 2012 conviction.
He had been part of a plot, inspired by al-Qaeda, to establish a terrorist camp on his family’s land in Kashmir and bomb the London Stock Exchange. The plot was disrupted by MI5 and the police.
Khan was automatically released in December 2018. Last November, he attacked five people, killing two, on London Bridge before he was shot dead.
Amman had been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for disseminating terrorist material and collecting information that could prove useful to would-be terrorist.
He had shared an al-Qaeda magazine in a family WhatsApp group and told his siblings ‘the Islamic State [ISIS] is here to stay’.
Amman also told his girlfriend that she should kill her unbelieving parents.
Khan was automatically released in December 2018. Last November, he attacked five people, killing two, on London Bridge before he was shot dead (pictured, November 29, 2019)
Khan killed Jack Merritt (left), 25, of Cambridgeshire, and Saskia Jones (right), 23, of Stratford
Following his release in January 2020, Amman was ‘under active counter-terrorism surveillance’. The attacker was ‘considered to pose a serious risk, and was well known to the counter-terror authorities, he was also the subject of a live investigation’, according to The Guardian.
After the Streatham stabbing in February, the Government said legislation would be brought forward to prevent the automatic early release of convicted terrorists.
The Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill 2020 was introduced on February 11, and had cleared all stages without a Commons vote on February 12.
It became an Act of Parliament on February 26.
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