London: An al Qaeda terrorist, who was given a jail sentence of 10 years in Britain in 2008, has been released early from prison.
Thirty-two-year-old Habib Ahmed was convicted after being caught smuggling code books written in invisible ink into the UK.
He was part of a British terror cell that according to the police were planning a massacre in the country.
Despite a jail sentence of ten years, Ahmed has now been released and is living at a bail hostel in Manchester, the Telegraph reports.
He was caught when British Customs found notebooks containing names and phone numbers of key al Qaeda figures as he flew from Dubai to hand them to Rangzieb Ahmed, the head of the British terror cell he worked for.
During Ahmed’s trial the court heard how he downloaded a document called “a study of assassination” and looked up bomb-making techniques.
He also checked on the addresses of former defence secretary Geoff Hoon, military bases and senior policemen, the paper said.
Ahmed was arrested in 2006 and so had spent five years in prison including time spent on remand.
Meanwhile, Tory MP Philip Davies has blamed the last government for changing the law so criminals are freed after half their sentence.
“We are releasing dangerous people,” the Sun quoted Davies, as saying.