Leader of Telford grooming gang is freed after just eight years of 18 year sentence

THE LEADER of a vile sex gang has been freed from jail after eight years.

Ahdel 'Eddie' Ali, 32, controlled a network of schoolgirl prostitutes in Telford, with some of their victims as young as 13.

He led a trafficking gang that also involved his brother Mubarek and five other men over a three-year period, which targeted 100 vulnerable teens.

Ahdel was convicted to 18 years in 2012 - but he has now been released after serving just a third of his sentence, The Shropshire Star reported.

The Ali brothers' gang promised money, food and alcohol to their victims - who they referred to as 'sl**s' - and in return they worked as prostitutes between 2006 and 2009.

The brothers were both convicted of multiple offences against four girls, aged between 13 and 17, including controlling child prostitution.

The siblings were both married at the time of the offences.

Two years ago The Sun Online reported how Ahdel needed forty stitches after being targeted with a makeshift knife by another prisoner at HMP Wakefield.

The news of Ahdel's release was confirmed by Telford MP Lucy Allan.

She has previously been critical of the decision for him to get released in 2017, only for him to breach the terms of his licence and get thrown back inside.

Telford has the third highest number of child sexual offences recorded in the UK, according to the Home Office.

It became known as one of the worst places in the nation for child sex abuse, with as many 1,000 girls abused there since the 1980s.

Ms Allan had called for an extensive enquiry similar to one seen in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

It found that local authorities failed to act on reported in relation to an extensive operation of child sexual abuse dating back to the late 1980s and up to the 2010s.

She told the Shropshire Star of Ahdel's release: "On this occasion the authorities handled the matter correctly, informing relevant parties, including victims, of the tagging and the exclusion from the local area.

"I am concerned that the law still allows for early release of serious sexual offenders, however, since the sentencing of Ahdel Ali and Mubarak Ali the law has changed to prevent this in future and I am proud to have played my part in this change in the law."

The Ministry of Justice stated: "Serious sex offenders released on licence are closely monitored and can be returned to prison if they breach strict conditions such as curfews and exclusion zones."

Source: The Sun

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