Jihadist who wanted to kill Brits to be released from prison early

A jihadist who joined a terror group devoted to killing Britons is to be released from prison on licence four years early, it has emerged.

Yusuf Sarwar, 29, received a sentence of 12 years and 8 months back in 2014 after fleeing his home in Birmingham and joining a terror group in Syria. A computer science student at Birmingham City University before leaving, Sarwar faked a leaflet which he left for his family claiming the trip formed part of his studies. However, he left a note for his mother telling her he was heading to Syria to “fight the enemies of Allah there”.

His mother ultimately handed the note to West Midlands police and Sarwar in addition to another male was arrested upon arriving back in Heathrow in 2014.

When sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court, Judge Michael Topolski QC praised the jihadi’s mother for “extraordinarily brave conduct” and said of Sarwar he had “willingly, enthusiastically and with a great deal of purpose, persistence and determination embarked on a course intended to commit acts of terrorism”.

A parole board has now ruled that Sarwar can be released from prison four and a half years early, causing many to question how much of a risk he still poses to the British public.

Chris Phillips, former National Counter Terrorism Security Office chief, told the Sun newspaper: “What type of system puts the public at risk like this? This is yet another disaster waiting to happen.”

An MoJ spokesman told the newspaper: “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.”

The Parole Board said: “Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.”