53 foreign terrorists are among the killers, bomb plotters and suicide bombers whose deportation is being blocked by European human rights laws, a Mail investigation on Sunday revealed.
In an extraordinary case, an Islamic State member from Bangladesh who was jailed for attempting to recruit new members in Birmingham has successfully blocked his deportation because he would lose access to free NHS healthcare.
Another terrorist, an Iranian who had bomb-making material in his garage in Surrey, managed to remain in the UK by claiming he was suffering from depression.
Our shocking dossier, obtained from top level security sources, will ignite controversy over the UK’s continued membership of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
Wahbi Mohammed (pictured), who helped plan the failed July 21, 2005 bombings in London, attempted a repeat of the 7/7 bombings that killed 52 people two weeks earlier
Fahd Mihi (pictured), who killed a woman and wounded nine other victims using a sub-machine gun and grenades on a bus carrying Israeli El Al air crews in central London in 1978 was attacked.
Shah Rehman (pictured), a Bangladeshi Al Qaeda terrorist who was jailed for plotting the London Stock Exchange bombings in 2012
Dangerous extremists have all been convicted of serious terror offences, but most are living in the community at taxpayer expense.
Terrorists whose deportation has been blocked under European human rights laws include:
Fahd Mihi, who killed a woman and wounded nine other victims using a sub-machine gun and grenades, attacked a bus carrying Israeli El Al air crews in central London in 1978 Was. The Palestinian terrorist was sentenced to life imprisonment but was released in 2005. ,
Shah Rehman, a Bangladeshi al-Qaeda terrorist who was jailed for plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2012. A hand-written target list found at his home contained the names and addresses of the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, two rabbis and the US ambassador;
Ahmed Alseed, a Sudanese extremist who was jailed for four-and-a-half years in 2018 for preparing acts of terrorism and had his ‘heart set’ on joining the Islamic State. He was freed after only 19 months, despite objections from the Home Office;
Mourad Mosdefoui, a recruiter who attracted youth to Islamic State on social media, was jailed for two years in 2015. His asylum claims have been denied, but he cannot be deported after arguing that his human rights could be violated if he returned to Algeria.
Wahbi Mohammed, who helped plan the failed July 21, 2005 bombings in London, attempted a repeat of the 7/7 bombings that killed 52 people two weeks earlier. The Somali was jailed for 17 years, reduced to 13 on appeal. He cannot be deported on the ground that he may be subjected to inhuman treatment in his country of origin.
Ismail Abdurrahman, a Somalian who also helped the 21/7 bombers. He was jailed for ten years in 2008, reduced to eight on appeal for four counts of assisting an offender and possessing terrorist information. He has successfully argued that his human rights could be violated if he is returned to Somalia.
Mourad Mosdefoui (pictured), a recruiter who attracted young people to Islamic State on social media, was jailed for two years in 2015
Aspiring Islamist assassin Ahmadeltigani Alsid (left) and his brother Youssef (right) during a paintballing session
Ambulances for victims of the Fahd Mihi attack on a bus carrying El Al air crew in Grosvenor Square, 1978
Politicians and lawyers who criticize the ECHR, developed after World War II to prevent atrocities such as the Holocaust, say it is not fit for purpose in an era of mass migration, litigation and lone wolf terrorism.
The three clauses commonly invoked by terrorists facing deportation are Article 3, which prohibits torture and inhuman treatment; Article 5, Right to liberty and security; and Article 8, Right to private and family life.
The new UK Bill of Rights moving through parliament could allow judges to ignore parts of the ECHR when dealing with terrorist deportations.
Security analyst Dr Rakib Ehsan conducted a study for the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, which concluded that failing to deport foreign terrorists ‘poses a fundamental threat to British national security’.
After seeing The Mail on Sunday’s shocking dossier, he said: ‘It shows that our current laws are not fit for purpose.
‘Article 3 was the answer to the horrors of Nazism. It is appalling that foreign terrorists are now taking advantage of this to remain in the UK – including those linked to terrorist groups such as IS and Al Qaeda.
‘Having a country of origin with substandard healthcare and mental health services compared to the NHS should not be used by foreign terrorists to prevent deportation.’
Sir Bill Cash, a prominent Eurosceptic MP and constitutional lawyer, said: ‘The Mail on Sunday investigation powerfully exposes the unacceptable way in which human rights law is routinely exploited by those who could not care less about human rights .
‘Allowing foreign terrorists to live in the UK is a monstrous attack on the human rights of the rest of the population.
‘There is no excuse for these people to be here. The numbers are immense and so are the dangers.
‘It doesn’t matter where they come from, they don’t deserve any protection under the ECHR.’
‘The law should be amended to make it clear that those who engage in terrorism have waived their right to use human rights as an excuse to stay here.
‘I believe the Prime Minister is getting the message. This must be one of the highest political priorities of the government.