February 02, 2012

UK - High security prison Belmarsh lets terrorist send letter telling extremists how to avoid arrest

by Nick Owens

Belmarsh high security prison (Pic: Getty Images)
A high-security jail let a terrorist inmate send ­fanatics a hate-filled letter – with a step-by-step guide on evading capture.
Category A Belmarsh prison vets all mail leaving a prisoner’s cell. But bosses decided there was nothing wrong with Bilal Zaheer Ahmed’s six-page handwritten diatribe.
In it he gives instructions on the best way to avoid detection by MI5 and undercover police officers ­tracking terror cells.
And he coaches potential ­Jihadists on what to say if they get arrested.
The message was sent to fanatics in Germany who put it on a website which intelligence officials say is used by ­terrorists in Britain.
The decision by chiefs at the south-east London prison to allow it to be sent was ­criticised by Labour MP Steve ­McCabe, who sits on a Home Office cross-party committee on terrorism.
He said: “Any sane person can see that the material is completely ­inappropriate. It is effectively a guide in what a terrorist should do to stay one step ahead of the law.” Mr ­McCabe said he would be asking Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke to look into what had happened.
In 2011, a judge branded Ahmed a “viper in our midst” as he was jailed for 12 years under the ­Terrorism Act for soliciting the murder of MPs.
His six-page letter from prison starts: “For those of us living in the West, it is clear the police are on a witch hunt for Muslims.
“It is for this reason I have written this letter for ­information that may be useful to those of you outside.”
It continues: “The state is everywhere. They can find you, they can listen to you – they may have a bug in your car or your cell phone.”
Ahmed, 24, advises fanatics that, if they are arrested: “It is always best to remain silent. Do not give your details and at most just state you ‘have no ­knowledge of any ­terrorist threat’.”
Terrorism and security expert Neil Doyle said: “He is effectively being allowed to ­continue spreading ­inflammatory material.”
Sunday Mirror 29/01/2012
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