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As Qaeda Terrorist Leaves Prison, Victims’ Families Relive the Pain

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Mr. Bary’s defense lawyer, Andrew G. Patel, also argued that a letter Mr. Bary wrote before the attacks showed he had denounced the use of violence against Americans. Prosecutors, however, said even after the bombings, Mr. Bary continued to act as a conduit for communications between the news media and his co-conspirators.

At Mr. Bary’s 2015 sentencing, Edith Bartley told the court, “No family should have to go through our pain, but so many have to do it every day.”

Mr. Bary said he felt remorse. “If I could just do something to bring the victims back, your honor, I would have done it, but unfortunately I can’t,” he said.

Judge Kaplan said Mr. Bary was the beneficiary of an “enormously generous plea bargain.”

“You, unlike victims of the embassy bombings, may look forward to rejoining your family and living out your natural life in freedom,” the judge said, adding that the victims “have no such prospect.”

Mr. Bary’s release from prison had been scheduled for October. But at the request of his lawyer, Mr. Patel, Judge Kaplan agreed to release Mr. Bary about three weeks early because of his risk of contracting the coronavirus in prison. Mr. Bary is 230 pounds and has asthma, records show.

Mr. Patel said his client’s release would begin the process of returning Mr. Bary to his family in London. “He will never walk the streets of any town or city in the United States,” Mr. Patel wrote.

Edith Bartley, in the recent interview, said when terrorists receive life sentences, “the weight is not on our shoulders to worry about what happens when they are released.”

“What will Adel Bary do for the rest of his life?” she asked. “Who knows?”


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