1. If this were someone whom the British government claimed was a “right-wing extremist,” do you think he would be released from prison four-and-a-half years early? Neither do I.
2. Do you think the British government has the slightest concern for the safety and welfare of British citizens? Neither do I.
A jihadi who planned to kill Brits after travelling to Syria to join a terrorist group with links to Al-Qaeda is to be released from prison four-and-a-half years early – returning to Britain’s streets.
In May 2013 Yusuf Sarwar, 29, then a student from Birmingham, left a note telling his mother he had gone to Syria fight against ‘Allah’s enemies’.
His mother Majida Sarwar showed the note to the police, and her son, who travelled to the war zone to join Islamic extremists with former postal worker Mohammed Ahmed, was arrested on his return in January 2014.
A parole board has ruled Sarwar will be released next month after serving eight years of his 12-year-8-month sentence….
Judge Michael Topolski QC told Woolwich Crown Court at the time of Sarwar’s sentencing that the men ‘willingly, enthusiastically and with a great deal of purpose, persistence and determination embarked on a course intended to commit acts of terrorism.’
The judge said they believed in ‘violent Islamist extremism’ and had made a careful plan ‘to join the ranks of the Islamist forces’, adding ‘before travelling, you both went to some trouble to fabricate cover-stories’.
He added that he could not be sure the defendants planned to launch attacks in Britain, but noted ‘the retention of the disk, containing detailed instructions of how to make an IED, is a deeply disturbing feature’.
Traces of ‘military-grade explosives’, including TNT and nitro-glycerine were found on the men’s clothes and trainers as they were arrested on their return to England.
The men told officers they had been doing humanitarian work but a camera containing ‘thousands’ of images, including some of them posing with guns on the front line, was found in their luggage.
The judge said both men ‘intended to be martyred on the battlefield in Syria’ and plotted ‘to attack Assad’s forces, with the obvious risk that these intended attacks may have resulted in both military and civilian losses’.
He also discussed a note written from Sarwar to his mother, which hailed the Taliban.
‘Its contents provide an insight into the true purpose of your journey. This was not a spontaneous response to travel to a humanitarian crisis. Without any doubt, it shows you were travelling to Syria intent on jihad’….
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