Despite intel warning, UK to free terror suspects

LONDON (TIP): Five terror suspects, including the one who allegedly plotted a Mumbai style attack in London, are set to be freed within days. Restrictions on their movements under the Terrorism Prevention Investigation Measure (T-PIM) would be lifted despite intelligence warning against it.

This would include removal of a tag and an end to strict curfew on them from Sunday under new rules introduced to protect human rights. The alleged Mumbai style attack plotter, referred to as CD, was put under T-PIM in January 2012. He had attended a terror camp with five attempted suicide bombers involved in London attacks on July 21, 2005.

Britain’s security agencies have warned CD could revive his plans to undertake attacks in the UK to “cause mass casualty just like in Mumbai”. The five suspects are believed to still be inclined to travel to Syria, Somalia and Pakistan for terrorist-related activities. They were subjected to two-year T-PIMS restrictions, which are due to lapse on January 26. They cannot be renewed unless fresh evidence is produced.

British home office said they have put in place “tailored plans” to keep the suspects under watch. Restrictions on seven of the eight suspects currently subjected to T-PIMS would be lifted this month. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the court papers showed at least five of them remained a threat. “The home secretary has said nothing at all about what she is doing about these men now T-PIMS are ending.”

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