MPs on the home affairs select committee have been told the terror suspect who fled officers by wearing a burqa was arrested three times since 2011 for breaking anti-terror controls but granted bail each time.
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.
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."