A ‘British’ former Guantanamo detainee able to flee Britain and blow himself up for ISIS went with other jihadists on a convoy to Gaza organized by George Galloway before he was paid up to £1million by the Government, it was revealed today.
Jamal al-Harith had joined other terrorists including Alexe Kotey, 32, a member of the gang known as The Beatles led by executioner in chief Jihadi John.
Mancunian Al-Harith, who was born Ronald Fiddler and was 50 when he became a suicide bomber in Mosul, reportedly travelled with the first Viva Palestina convoy in 2009.
When asked about the claims last night, Galloway said: ‘I’ve never heard of him or knowingly set eyes on him before the recent press coverage.’
According to The Times Mancunian Al-Harith joined hundreds of Muslims from across Britain on a convoy of around 100 vehicles carrying ‘aid’ to Gaza in 2009.
Also with him was Kotey, a father-of-two and QPR fan who last month was named as a member of the ISIS ‘Beatles’ terror cell led by executioner-in-chief Jihadi John.
The 33-year-old from London was part of a group who beheaded around two dozen hostages, including Britons David Haines and Alan Henning.
Kotey, is reportedly alive and living in Raqqa, Syria, has had all his assets frozen and is believed to be on a US and British ‘kill list’ of most wanted terrorists.
He was part of a team of British executioners was led by Londoner Mohammed Emwazi – Jihadi John – and was also responsible for the killing of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and US aid worker Peter Kassig.
Also on the Gaza convoy with them in 2009 was Pakistani-born British citizen Munir Farooqi, who was jailed for life two years later because he ran a market stall as a recruitment centre for terrorists to wage war on British troops.
He at the center of a plot to persuade vulnerable young men to ‘fight, kill and die’ in a jihad, or holy war, in Afghanistan and used extremist literature and films to convert an estate agent, a former British soldier and members of a local criminal gang to Islam.
In 2011 Farooqi received four life sentences at Manchester Crown Court
Last night a political blame game erupted over the alleged £1million paid to a British Guantanamo Bay detainee unmasked as an ISIS suicide bomber.
Ronald Fiddler was handed taxpayer-funded compensation after claiming MI6 agents were complicit in his mistreatment by the Americans.
Despite lobbying by Tony Blair’s government for his release, the former web designer from Manchester this week carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq.
Fiddler’s family last night issued a statement saying he had not received as much as £1million.
But former terror laws watchdog Lord Carlile declared that he was an ‘enemy of the state’ and ‘plainly a terrorist’ who should never have been given a penny.
Blair – who was PM when Fiddler was released – pointed the finger at the Conservatives for agreeing the compensation in 2010, when Theresa May was Home Secretary, but others said the payout was set in train by Labour before it lost power. Downing Street refused to discuss May’s role, saying it was ‘an intelligence matter’.
Muslim convert Fiddler, 50, was released from Guantanamo in 2004 after intense pressure from the Labour government.
On his return to the UK, he and other British former inmates launched a legal action over their alleged mistreatment.
To avoid an embarrassing court battle, which could have revealed British complicity in rendition and torture, ministers agreed to pay millions to settle the claims.
Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said some of Fiddler’s share ‘has almost certainly’ gone to fund ISIS.
Fiddler, who adopted the Muslim name Jamal Al-Harith, appeared grinning in an ISIS video as he drove his explosives-laden car towards a target in Mosul.