Jailed terror recruiter who wanted to fight with IS set to be freed — but will escape deportation
A TERROR recruiter who wanted to fight for IS is to be released – but will avoid deportation.
Aras Mohammed Hamid, 32, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2017 for radicalizing a Kurd living in Britain.
The chiefs of the security, police and anti-terror units of the prisons were asked for reports before the decision to release him was made.
Hamid, who is also described as masterminding plans to send fighters to a Kurdish IS force, will remain in the UK indefinitely as returning to Iraq would violate his human rights.
Taxpayers are expected to shell out hundreds of thousands of pounds for police to keep tabs on him.
Sources fear he may try again to recruit other extremists.
A source said: “This man has been shown to be a danger. The public will be rightly outraged to hear that this man will be walking the streets a free man.
“He wanted to join IS and also worked as a recruiter.”
Tory MP Nigel Mills said: “This is not someone who should be roaming the streets freely.”
Asylum seeker Hamid, then from Coventry, was convicted on two counts of preparing terrorist attacks.
His co-defendant, Shivan Hayder Azeez, 21, of Sheffield, was sentenced to three years in prison.
Azeez was sent to Britain by his family to protect him after he fought with the Kurdish peshmerga group against extremists, Kingston Crown Court learned.
He was turned around by Hamid and agreed to switch sides and go with him to Iraq to fight for ISIS.