Al-Qaeda terrorist linked to Charlie Hebdo massacre set to be freed

An Al-Qaeda terrorist mastermind linked to atrocities including the Charlie Hebdo massacre is about to be released from prison in France - amid fears that he may return to his family in Britain.

Djamel Beghal, 52, is reaching the end of his combined sentences for a series of crimes, including planning to blow up the American Embassy in Paris.

His wife, Sylvie, and their four children live in Leicester, where Beghal built up his career as an undercover jihadi in the late 90s and early 2000s.

The British government banned Beghal from entering the UK in 2009, but his family have been fighting to clear his name through the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

An Al-Qaeda terrorist mastermind linked to atrocities including the Charlie Hebdo massacre is about to be released from prison in France. Pictured, his wife Sylvie

Djamel Beghal, 52, is reaching the end of his combined sentences for a series of crimes, including planning to blow up the American Embassy in Paris

Djamel Beghal, 52, is reaching the end of his combined sentences for a series of crimes. His wife, Sylvie(pictured left) , and their four children live in Leicester

France wants to deport Beghal on August 5, the day when he comes out of Vezin prison, in Rennes.

He has an Algerian passport, but his lawyers insist that his life would be in danger if he returns to the North African country where he was born.

'This sets up the prospect of a legal challenge to the British decision to ban him,' said a source close to the case.

'Beghal will be a released prisoner and reformed character who has every right to begin a new life with his loved ones in any country he chooses.'

While in the UK, Beghal made at least one trip to Afghanistan to receive orders from the late Al-Qaeda chief, Osama Bin Laden.

British and French intelligence

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