Human rights laws protect fanatic said to have played key role in airline bomb plot.
The man, in his 30s, was the subject of a strict two-year Terrorist Prevention and Investigation Measure – known as TPIM – which expired in January, meaning he is now free to walk the streets.
He is also the subject of a separate High Court lifetime anonymity order – which states that his true identity and address can NEVER be revealed under European Human Rights legislation.
The Sunday Mercury knows the real identity of the man, who can only be referred to as ‘AY’ and who was described in court as the “commanding officer” in the liquid bomb airline plot in 2006.
The failed plan to down a dozen transatlantic airliners led to the ongoing global restrictions on passengers carrying liquids on board flights.
It has also emerged that AY may now also be questioned by West Midlands Police about an unsolved Birmingham murder in 2002.
Last night Birmingham Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood accused the Government of putting its citizens in peril.
“It is a bizarre law that puts the protection of serious terror suspects before the safety of its citizens,” he said.
“It is another example of a gutless government which is too weak to stand up to ridiculous human rights laws that put ordinary people in danger.
“If we have a dangerous terror suspect in our midst then we should have a right to know who he is, and where he is living.”
The security services maintain that AY “remains a committed terrorist who would be prepared to engage in extremist activities should he not be subjected to terror control orders.”But because he did not “engage in terrorist-related activities” while subject to the control order, it could not be renewed when it expired on January 23.
It is understood that AY will now be subject to specialist security service surveillance with the taxpayer footing the estimated £3millon-a-year bill.
In 2011 the suspect made an unsuccessful appeal against his control order because it meant he was being constantly relocated, and he complained that it was having a “detrimental effect” on his family life. In rejecting his appeal the judge said: “I am satisfied the Secretary of State was justified in her conclusion that you are a committed Islamist extremist who would represent a risk to the public if free.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police refused to confirm that AY would now be brought in for questioning in connection with the murder of Mohammed Saeed in Washood Heath in 2002.
He said: “As a general point, being subject of TPIM measures would not preclude the police from questioning anyone suspected of any type of criminal offence.”
AY is a close associate of former Alum Rock baker’s boy turned al-Qaeda general Rashid Rauf, who is understood to have been killed in a drone attack in Pakistan in 2008.
Rauf, 27, was reportedly killed in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas when a CIA-controlled Predator drone fired its Hellfire missiles at a compound in North Waziristan in November 2008.
Intelligence services also believe he was the brains behind the July 7, 2005 London tube attacks, and that he masterminded the failed 2006 plot to blow up US airliners flying from Heathrow using liquid bombs.