With the continuous rise in anti-Semitism and radical Islam, Britain is set to release Yusuf Sarwar, a jihadist who planned to murder Britons after returning from Syria – almost five years earlier than the schedule date.
According to media reports, in May 2013, Yusuf Sarwar, then a student from Birmingham left a note telling his mother he had gone to Syria to join terrorist group with links to Al Qaeda to fight against “Allah’s enemies”. Later his mother Majida Sarwar showed her son’s note to the police.
A parole board has ruled stating Sarwar will be released in June 2021 after serving eight years of his total 12-year-8-month sentence.
Expressing dismay, Chris Phillips, former National Counter Terrorism Security Office chief told British newspaper The Sun, “What type of system puts the public at risk like this? This is yet another disaster waiting to happen.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman of Britain told The Sun, “Our new laws mean terrorists will spend longer behind bars. If released, they face strict conditions including GPS tags, curfews and restricted internet access, and can be returned to prison if they breach them”.
Commenting on the early release of jihadist Yusuf Sarwar, internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist and editor of Blitz said: “This is undoubtedly a matter of grave concern for every peace-loving individual in Britain. Despite the fact of so-called strict conditions of release for the terrorists, it is well understood, jihadist Yusuf Sarwar will not stop from attending mosques and Islamic centers, and those are the places, wherefrom he can continue hate-speech as well as jihadist indoctrinations, while British authorities will have no access to Sarwar’s activities inside mosques or Islamic centers. In a country like UK, which is witnessing an alarming rise in anti-Semitism and radical Islamism, people like Yusuf Sarwar are real dangers”.
It may be mentioned here that, Judge Michael Topolski QC told Woolwich Crown Court at the time of Sarwar’s sentencing that the men ‘willingly, enthusiastically and with a great deal of purpose, persistence and determination embarked on a course intended to commit acts of terrorism.’
The judge said they believed in ‘violent Islamist extremism’ and had made a careful plan ‘to join the ranks of the Islamist forces’, adding ‘before travelling, you both went to some trouble to fabricate cover-stories’.
He added that he could not be sure the defendants planned to launch attacks in Britain, but noted ‘the retention of the disk, containing detailed instructions of how to make an IED, is a deeply disturbing feature’.