For å ta unna soningskøen slipper fanger i engelske fengsler ut tidligere. At også terrordømte omfattes, satte myndighetene i forlegenhet. Yassin Nassari (29) var dømt for å smugle tengninger over Kassam-raketter inn i Storbritannia. Sist måned ble han sluppet ut.

Nassari tilbrakte ett år i varetekt. Han ble idømt 3,5 års fengsel for terrorplaner i fjor. I februar i år ble han sluppet ut. Myndighetene beklager dette. Men spørsmålet er snarere om folk som Nassari må overvåkes på frifot, og om samfunnet har ressurser til det. Hva gjør man med terrordømte som har sonet? Har de endret mening? Nassari drømte om å bli martyr, ifølge et brev fra kona. Hun ble frikjent for anklagen om ikke å ha meldt fra om terrorplaner.

Yassin Nassari, 29, a Category A inmate described by counter-terrorist sources as a «committed extremist», was freed from Wakefield jail last month. He was convicted of smuggling missile blueprints into Britain.
Nassari, who went to Syria in 2005 to work as a teacher, was arrested in May 2006 with his wife, Bouchra el-Hor, 24, and their baby as they arrived at Luton airport on a flight from Amsterdam. He was under suspicion because of his links to a number of other extremists and police seized an external computer hard drive from his luggage before releasing the family to return to their home in Ealing, West London.

Examination of the computer equipment uncovered drawings for the construction of al-Qassam missiles and rockets, devices made by Hamas and used in attacks on Israel, and the couple were re-arrested.

The computer drive also contained a library of extremist material including graphic footage of terrorist attacks and the beheading of Western hostages and literature with titles including Preparing the Fighter who is Going for Jihad and Virtues of Martyrdom in the Path of Allah. Further investigations revealed that Nassari had also been in contact with other extremists on the internet using the name Mock Turtle.

A letter from his wife, found in his possession, appeared to be encouraging Nassari to become a martyr. It read: «I am so proud of my husband. I am happy that Allah has granted you the chance to be a martyr . . . Maybe one day I can follow you. If I can’t, I will send our son to you so he can follow his father’s footsteps.»

At their trial at the Old Bailey last year, Ms el-Hor, who is Dutch, said that the letter was a work of fiction. She was acquitted by a jury of charges of failing to disclose information about terrorism. Nassari was convicted of possessing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism and was jailed for three and a half years.

With standard remission and having spent more than a year on remand before his trial, he was due for release at the end of February.

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