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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