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MPs have heard details of the history of the terror suspect who escaped surveillance last week disguised under a burqa.
Charles Farr, Director of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, told the Home Affairs committee that after arriving in the UK in March 2011, Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed was arrested and bailed three times in the space of two years:
- Oct 2011: arrested for 14 breaches of control order. Allowed delayed prosecution until after a review.
- Dec 2012: arrested again, for six breaches of Tpim. Remanded in custody and again released on bail.
- July 2013: arrested again and remanded in custody. Again allowed delayed prosecution in August.
A Commons committee has heard that Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, who escaped from a mosque in West London, was involved in fighting, attack planning and recruiting for Al Shabab in Somalia.
The Home Affairs Committee is hearing evidence from David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terror laws. Anderson says Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures are not a foolproof way of keeping the population safe, adding:
"I'm troubled by the fact that there are cases which can't be prosecuted at all."
The UK terrorism watchdog has said there are dangers to releasing possible dangerous terrorists onto the streets after two years.
But David Anderson QC said it allows focus regarding what to do with them.
He was speaking to the Home Affairs Committee, which is hearing evidence on the terror prevention measures Tpims.
It comes after fugitive terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed escaped surveillance last month by dressing in a burqa.
Anti-terror assessor David Anderson has said it is a concern that two terror suspects have absconded.
Speaking to the Home Affairs Committee, the UK Independent Reviewer of Terrorism called Tpims a slightly unhappy compromise.
Tpims, or Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, were introduced last year to monitor terror suspects.