Al-Bashir Al-Faqih

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A Libyan expatriate living in the United Kingdom, Al-Bashir Mohammed Al-Faqih (البشير محمد الفقيه) was convicted on two counts of possessing computer documents "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism".[1][2]

Allegedly a former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, al-Faqih was arrested in March 2006, and a search of his premises revealed "books, CD-ROMs, documents and audio cassettes" described as "radical" by police, as well as a manual about the construction of explosives, and a book he had written about how setting up a group dedicated to overthrowing the Libyan government of Muammar al-Gaddafi.[1][2]

Al-Faqih appealed his case all the way to the European Union.[3][4] The Manchester Evening News quoted Patrick Mercer, a member of United Kingdom's Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee, who criticized the EU for overturning the conviction of al-Faqih and two other men, and ordering the UK to give back their passports.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Libyan jailed on terror charges". BBC News. 2007-07-17. Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2014-01-29. "Al Bashir Mohammed al Faqih, 47, of Hall Green, Birmingham, admitting possessing documents on how to make explosives and set up a terror cell." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 FOCUS Information Agency
  3. "Al-Bashir Mohammed Al-Faqih and others v Council of the European Union (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland intervening)". European Union. 2010-09-29. Archived from the original on 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  4. "Case T-134/11 before the General Court - Al-Bashir Mohammed Al-Faqih, Ghunia Abdrabbah, Taher Nasuf, Sanabel Relief Agency Ltd v. European Commission - Intervention by the Council". European Union. 2011-06-16. Archived from [ the original] on 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  5. "Wrong to give passport back to 'terror suspect' says MP". Manchester Evening News. 2010-10-08. Archived from the original on 2014-01-30. Retrieved 2014-01-29. "Last week the European Court of Justice ordered the British government to overturn the decision. Ministers are currently considering whether to appeal."