A terror suspect who was granted £1million in compensation by Britain after he was freed from Guantanamo has now fled to Syria to join ISIS.
The Muslim convert, Jamal al-Harith, was awarded the large payout after he was released from the military jail in 2004.
The suspected Taliban sympathizer was flown to the camp in Cuba and then locked up after being captured in Afghanistan by US troops in 2002.
But after intense campaigning by Tony Blair’s government, British citizen al-Harith – who had pleaded his innocence – was let out two years later.
He then launched a compensation claim on the grounds British agents knew or were complicit in his mistreatment and was handed up to £1million of taxpayers’ money to stay silent.
But recently it emerged, despite the fact security services were aware of his previous detention, he was able to escape the UK 18 months ago to fight with ISIS in Syria.
Channel 4 news had disclosed that Miss Begum, aged 33, is married to al-Harith, and had actually flown to the country to try and persuade the fanatic to return to the UK.
However, her attempts failed, and she endured a ten-month ordeal being passed between hostages and rebel groups as she tried to escape.
When al-Harith was released in 2004, he was repatriated to England and released without charge. That year it was reported he and three other detainees launched a legal action against the US government, each demanding $10million – £5.4million at the time. Mr Aamer, whose family lives in south London, will be released after a campaign by the Mail, which argued that although he had questions to answer about his presence in Afghanistan, it was an affront to justice to detain him without charge or trial.
Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz said last night he would write to Home Secretary Theresa May about al-Harith because ‘we need to know how this journey happened without the British authorities being aware of it’.
The Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases.