A federal judge in New York has released a terrorist convicted of bombing two United States embassies because his weight increases his risk of contracting the coronavirus.
The Washington Examiner reports U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan released Adel Abdel Bary early from his prison sentence to better his chances at surviving the coronavirus.
In his decision, the judge cited Bary’s “obesity and somewhat advanced age” to have him released as the coronavirus is “significantly more risky to him than to the average person.”
“And his continued incarceration increases his risk of catching the virus. In these circumstances, the benefit to society of requiring the defendant to serve the final few weeks of his sentence does not outweigh the serious health risks he faces,” Kaplan said in the October decision.
According to the report, the prosecutors agreed with the decision, similarly saying the “defendant’s obesity is an extraordinary and compelling reason that could justify a reduction of his sentence in light of the current pandemic.”
The Washington Examiner adds:
The convicted terrorist was set to be released on Oct. 28 after serving his sentence fully, but his lawyers argued for an early release amid the pandemic, arguing that his weight, age, and asthma “could wreak disastrous health outcomes.” He was released from prison on Oct. 9.
Bary was released from prison and was placed into the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.
From there, he was handed over to U.K. officials and will be sent to the U.K. for an undetermined length of time.
The report adds: “U.K. officials did not send him back to his native country of Egypt, where he was a lawyer, because he would be put at serious risk of torture or death. Bary was granted asylum by the U.K. in 1997, according to the Sun.”
One person who vocalized concern with the decision includes Edith Bartley, whose younger brother and father were killed in the pair of attacks for which Bary was convicted.