Osama Bin Laden Henchman Freed Early as Judge Rules He's 'Too Fat' for Prison
Adel Abdel Bary released from New Jersey jail and will be back on UK streets as free man
An Islamic terrorist, who served as Osama bin Laden's henchman and was jailed over two deadly bombings, has been released early from a New Jersey prison after a judge ruled he is "too fat" to remain in jail.
60-year-old Adel Abdel Bary served as bin Laden's ex-London spokesman and was convicted for his role in two 1998 bombings that left hundreds dead.
However, he has been freed from a US jail and allowed to return to Britain - where he now lives in luxury - on compassionate grounds - because he at high risk from COVID-19 due to his obesity.
The terror spin doctor was imprisoned over the devastating al Qaeda attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.
He was arrested the next year and extradited to America where he struck a plea deal which ended with him being sentenced to 25 years behind bars in 2015.
Now, after serving just five years for his crimes, he has now returned to live in the UK where he is a free man.
Bary's freedom comes thanks to a Manhattan federal judge who agreed the terrorist was way too obese to survive the coronavirus behind bars, according to The New York Post.
“Defendant’s obesity and somewhat advanced age make COVID-19 significantly more risky to him than to the average person,” U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote in granting the release.
Bary had been set to be freed on Oct. 28, but his attorneys asked that he be let out sooner, citing their client’s age, girth, and asthma.
“Mr. Bary’s continued incarceration now significantly increases his risk of infection, which could wreak disastrous health outcomes,” his lawyer wrote in court documents.
While prosecutors didn’t agree that Bary’s age made him more at risk to catch COVID-19, they did concede his Body Mass Index of 36 did.
“The defendant’s obesity is an extraordinary and compelling reason that could justify a reduction of his sentence in light of the current pandemic,” they wrote.
The 230-pound terrorist was freed from prison on Oct. 9 and from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility on Wednesday, when he was handed over to UK officials.
Bary — whose son, British rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, is an Islamist militant — was reunited with his wife, Ragaa, who lives in a $1 million-plus apartment in London, Britain’s Sun newspaper reported.
His return to the UK couldn’t be blocked because he was granted asylum there in 1997 — before being arrested in 1999 and extradited to the US to stand trial in 2012.
He had been sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2015 but received credit for the years he spent behind bars in Britain while fighting extradition.
Officials couldn’t send him back to his native Egypt after his release because he could be at risk of death or torture, The Sun reported.
“His return remains a huge headache for the [UK] home secretary” — equivalent to the US secretary of state.
“She is intent on ridding the country of threats, but here’s a notorious terrorist dumped right on her doorstep,” a source told The Sun.
Bary’s immigration lawyer told The New York Times last month, “After all this time, all Mr. Bary wants is to enjoy a quiet life with his family.”
Edith Bartley, whose younger brother was among the victims, ripped the release.
“Just serving a sentence doesn’t mean that a person has been rehabilitated, doesn’t mean that their core thinking has changed,” she told the Times.
“This is a person who can still do harm in the world.”