A high ranking member of Al Qaeda and former henchman of Osama Bin Laden was freed from prison 4-years early after a Manhattan Judge decided the madman was too fat to survive any potential COVID-19 outbreaks in jail.
Adel Abdel Bary, 60, had his 25-year sentence cut short when federal Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York concurred with the imprisoned terrorist’s lawyers claim that Bary is so vulnerable to the Coronavirus that he needs to be immediately released.
Bary, “had spent 21 years in a New Jersey prison for his role in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans,” Fox News reported. He took responsibility for planning the attacks in their aftermath.
“Mr. Bary’s continued incarceration now significantly increases his risk of infection, which could wreak disastrous health outcomes,” the terrorist’s lawyers wrote to the court.
Weighing 230 lbs. with a BMI of 36, asthma, and a relatively advanced age puts Bary in a much higher risk category for COVID-19 than the average prisoner. De Blasio promised back in April to begin releasing inmates in an effort to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in the city’s prisons.
“Defendant’s obesity and somewhat advanced age make COVID-19 significantly more risky to him than to the average person,” Kaplan wrote in his opinion. Bary’s release date was set for October 28th, but his lawyers wanted the date moved up. He was evidently released almost three weeks sooner on October 9th.
Prosecutors, who fought to keep the Al Qaeda operative incarcerated conceded that his weight puts him at increased risk. “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.
Bary was sent back to the UK instead of his native Egypt because Britain granted him political asylum in 1997, a year before the bombings he helped carry out, and returning to the Middle East could mean “torture or death.”
He’s now reportedly living with his wife, Ragaa, “who lives in a $1 million-plus apartment in London.” Bary’s son, a British rapper named Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, followed in his father’s footsteps, joining ISIS in 2014 after giving up his music career.
“His return to the U.K. couldn’t be blocked because he was granted asylum there in 1997 — before being arrested in 1999 and extradited to the U.S. to stand trial in 2012,” Fox added.
The Sun described Bary as Osama Bin Laden’s “right hand man,” saying he’s known within the intelligence community as “Bin Laden’s spokesman in Europe.”
A source told the UK Dailymail that monitoring Bary’s movements and communications throughout the UK could cost taxpayers upwards of $400,000.
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