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Ex-Bin Laden henchman freed from NJ prison after judge deems him too fat for jail

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An Osama bin Laden henchman convicted in two deadly 1998 bombings is free in the U.K. after getting released three weeks early from a New Jersey prison — thanks to a judge who feared the terrorist was way too obese to survive the coronavirus behind bars.

Adel Abdel Bary, 60, was freed on Oct. 9 after spending 21 years in prison for his role in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that left 224 people dead, including 12 Americans.

“Defendant’s obesity and somewhat advanced age make COVID-19 significantly more risky to him than to the average person,” a Manhattan federal judge wrote in granting the release.

Bary had been set to be freed on Oct. 28, but his attorneys asked that he be let out sooner, citing their ­client’s age, girth and asthma.

“Mr. Bary’s continued incarceration now significantly increases his risk of infection, which could wreak disastrous health outcomes,” his lawyer wrote in court documents.

While prosecutors didn’t agree that Bary’s age made him more at risk to catch COVID-19 — they did concede his Body Mass Index of 36 did.

“The defendant’s obesity is an extraordinary and compelling reason that could justify a reduction of his sentence in light of the current pandemic,” prosecutors said.

The 230-pound terrorist was handed over to UK officials in London on Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release.

Bary — whose son, British rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary is an Islamist militant — was reunited with his wife, Ragaa, who lives in a more-than-$1 million apartment in London, Britain’s Sun newspaper reported.

His return to the UK couldn’t be blocked because he was granted asylum there in 1997 — before being arrested in 1999 and extradited to the US to stand trial in 2012.

The United States Embassy, left, and other damaged buildings in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, the day after terrorist bombs in Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998.
The United States Embassy, left, and other damaged buildings in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, the day after terrorist bombs in Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998.
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He was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2015 but received credit for the years he spent behind bars in Britain while fighting extradition.

Officials couldn’t send him back to his native Egypt after his release because he could be at risk of death or torture, The Sun said.

Bary’s immigration lawyer told The New York Times last month that: “After all this time, all Mr. Bary wants is to enjoy a quiet life with his family.”

Edith Bartley, whose brother was among the victims, ripped the early release.

“Just serving a sentence doesn’t mean that a person has been rehabilitated,” she told the Times.

“This is a person who can still do harm in the world.”

Edith Bartley, whose younger brother was among the 224 victims, slammed Bary’s release.

“Just serving a sentence doesn’t mean that a person has been rehabilitated, doesn’t mean that their core thinking has changed,” she told The Times.

“This is a person who can still do harm in the world.”

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