Hassan Tabakh complains that the British government did not take his views into account when they forced him to wear an electronic tag upon his release from prison. It is unlikely, however, that he took the views of the potential victims of his jihad bomb attack into account as he prepared to murder them. Nonetheless, the British government is so anxious not to appear “Islamophobic” that they are likely to take off his tag forthwith — and given their abject stance before the forces of Islamic supremacist intimidation and thuggery, I think Tabakh has a good shot at becoming the next Prime Minister.
“Would be terrorist bomb-maker complains about having to wear electronic tag,” by Ben Hurst for the Birmingham Mail, April 3:
A would-be terrorist bomb maker claims the Government violated his human rights by failing to take his views “into account” before forcing him to wear an electronic tag on his release from prison.
Birmingham physics graduate, Hassan Tabbakh, 44, was arrested after police found instructions for making explosives and incomplete bombs mixed in drink bottles at his home in 2007.
He was released on licence on June 23, 2011, subject to ”rigorous” security restrictions, including wearing a tag so that the authorities knew where he was at all times.
But Tabbakh, who claims he came to the UK after fleeing torture in Syria, insists he was never given a chance to argue against the restrictions before the Multi Agency Prisoner Protection Agency (MAPPA) imposed them.
His barrister, Phillippa Kaufmann QC, said: “He had not been informed in advance that a condition of electronic tagging was in contemplation.
“He had had no meaningful opportunity to make representations about the necessity and likely impact of such a condition before the decision to impose it was taken.
“There was no properly informed assessment of the impact of the tag on Tabbakh’s mental health”.
Tabbakh’s judicial review challenge was rejected by a judge last year, but now he is battling on in the Court of Appeal in what is seen as a crucial test of Home Office policy on the early release of potentially dangerous prisoners.
Miss Kaufmann said that, while Tabbakh’s conditions had since been softened, the issue could affect him if he were ever incarcerated again, as well as many other prisoners due for parole.
However, James Strachan QC, representing Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, said Tabbakh’s complaints were was “not well founded” and it was hardly surprising that he had been subject to tough controls immediately after his release from jail.
The QC said: “Tabbakh was being released after conviction for an extremely serious terrorist offence. He himself knew he was adjudged to be a high risk to the community upon release unless he was subject to the most rigorous security”.
Mr Strachan said the MAPPA system “works effectively so that offenders’ representations, so far as they are going to be relevent or carry weight, are taken into account” before licence conditions are imposed.
In 2007, Police raided Tabbakh’s home and found chemicals mixed in soft drink bottles, which were in fact not viable bombs due to the “poor grade” of the ingredients used.
Instructions he had written to accompany the bottles, setting out how they should be destroyed in order to dispose of any incriminating fingerprints, were also recovered.
Alongside the partially-constructed devices, there was also a prayer in Arabic, which read: “Allah will keep you safe and grant you success in your work for the sake of Allah.”
Among the damning materials found at Tabbakh’s home were Al-Qaeda videos showing an attack on a coalition convoy.
Lords Justice Richards, Aikens and Patten reserved their decision on Tabbakh’s appeal until a later date.