July 4, 2008
‘Osama Link Man’ is Free
By JON CLEMENTS;
A TERROR suspect with "direct links" to Osama bin Laden was yesterday freed on bail from prison after spending seven years waiting to be deported.The 45-year-old Algerian, who is only identified as "U", was released on "very strict" conditions, the Home Office said. It comes two weeks after Abu Qatada, called bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe, was freed on bail.
U had been held at Long Lartin high security unit in Worcestershire after his arrest at Heathrow in 2001.
Yesterday the Court of Appeal overturned a ruling by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission that he be deported to Algeria. At the Commission hearing, judges had ruled their were "credible grounds" to MI5's claims he formed an Algerian cell at bin Laden's Khalden camp in Afghanistan in 1990s. He returned to UK in 1999 and operated at Finsbury Park Mosque, North London.
The Law Lords ordered he wear an electronic tag and banned him from using internet or a mobile phone.
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