Ex-al Qaeda Associate Freed From Jail After Judge Says He’s Too Fat to Survive

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A former Osama bin Laden henchmen who played a role in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa which killed 224 people has been freed by a judge in a Manhattan federal court.

The reason for his release? The judge thought he was too fat to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

60-year-old Adel Abdel Bary spent 21 years behind bars in a New Jersey prison before being granted his release.

“Defendant’s obesity and somewhat advanced age make COVID-19 significantly more risky to him than to the average person,” US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote, according to the New York Post.

His lawyers had previously asked for an early release.

“Mr. Bary’s continued incarceration now significantly increases his risk of infection, which could wreak disastrous health outcomes,” his lawyer wrote. “The defendant’s obesity is an extraordinary and compelling reason that could justify a reduction of his sentence in light of the current pandemic.”

If you’re wondering just how big Bary is, he weighs 230-pounds and has a body mass index of 36.

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