A terror suspect who went missing after changing into a burqa at a mosque has launched an appeal against measures taken against him "to protect the public".
Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, 27, who allegedly received al Qaida-linked terrorist training in 2008, disappeared in November last year while disguised as a woman.
Although his whereabouts are currently unknown, he has been granted legal aid and his lawyers are asking Court of Appeal judges to quash High Court orders made in October 2012 upholding the Home Secretary's decision to restrict his movements.
Mohamed is appealing jointly with a second terror suspect, referred to only as CF, who is said to have attempted in 2008 to travel to Afghanistan to engage in suicide operations.
The appeals are being contested by Home Secretary Theresa May.
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.
Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed was arrested and charged three times since 2011 yet each time the judge gave bail.
MPs say he was playing the system.
MPs were aghast as they heard the escaped burqa suspect was arrested three times for breaking anti-terror controls but released on bail each time.
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.
Fugitive terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed - who escaped surveillance by dressing in a burqa - was granted bail in April at the Old Bailey after spending four months remanded in custody for allegedly breaching controls imposed on him, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper told ITV News it was "astonishing" Theresa May did not know whether a terror suspect who escaped surveillance by wearing a burqa had his passport with him.
On-the-run terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, who is seeking damages from the Government over torture allegations, reportedly cut off his monitoring tag with a sharp object before fleeing.
Ms Cooper said: "The idea that the Home Secretary doesn't know even whether he has his passport or not is astonishing.
"It's another sign that the TPims regime Theresa May brought in - that weakened the controls - is simply not working."