Can ANYONE justify this decision?
How is this allowed to happen? when there are so many others in financial difficulties!
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief who 'had links to 7/7 London bombers' gets £800,000 in legal aid to appeal his conviction
Rangzieb Ahmed, 43, jailed for life at Manchester Crown Court in 2008
The jury heard Ahmed headed a three-man Al-Qaeda cell planning murder
Ahmed the first person in the UK convicted of directing a terrorist organization
FOI request reveals he has received extensive taxpayer-funded legal fees
A convicted Al-Qaeda terrorist has received nearly £800,000 in legal aid fees to appeal his conviction.
The jury heard that he headed a three-man Al Qaeda cell which was preparing to commit mass murder.
Ahmed was jailed for life with a minimum term of ten years after the Manchester Crown Court after a jury found him guilty of being a member of Al Qaeda with his associate, Manchester taxi driver Habib Ahmed.
The 43-year-old, who was arrested in Pakistan, became the first person in the UK convicted of directing a terrorist organization.
A freedom of information request has revealed the extremist received £782,407 in legal fees, as reported by The Sun on Sunday.
The fees include £589,667 for a barrister and lawyers, £121,892 for an appeal against a failed conviction in 2011, as well as £60,435 for a civil action.
MP David Davies described the payments as an 'outrage.'
Ahmed, who is thought to have links to the 7/7 terrorists, has a parole hearing next month.
Ahmed lost an appeal against conviction in 2011 after he claimed that police and the security services had earlier allowed him to leave Britain for Pakistan while he was under surveillance, knowing that he would be mistreated.
Ahmed was jailed for life with a minimum term of ten years after the Manchester Crown Court (pictured) after a jury found him guilty of being a member of Al Qaeda with his associate, Manchester taxi driver Habib Ahmed.
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