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Butcher's dad 'was crony of bin Laden'

By Staff Reporter

The father of the British rapper suspected of beheading US journalist James Foley was a trusted lieutenant of Osama bin Laden, it has been reported.

Adel Abdel Bari (54) is being held in New York awaiting trial for the bombing of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania after being extradited from Britain along with hook-handed cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, the Daily Mail reported.

His trial is set for November, and he faces life in jail if convicted.

He is the father of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, who is suspected of being 'Jihadi John'.

Bari was handpicked by current al-Qaida head Ayman al Zawahiri to be one of bin Laden's top henchmen and lead his London cell of Egyptian Islamic Jihad in May 1996.

An office in Beethoven Street, just off London's Kilburn Lane, was an al-Qaida hub, supporting the terror group's activities, according to his indictment in the bombing case.

Bari faces 213 charges of premeditated murder for the Nairobi bombing and 11 counts for the attack in Dar es Salaam.

According to the Guardian, he was arrested soon after the August 7, 1998 embassy bombings.

He also faces charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.

His 23-year-old son Bary, who used the names Lyricist Jinn and L Jinny, lived in an expensive London house before leaving to fight with Islamic extremists.

He was recently photographed holding a severed head on his Twitter account.

The caption read: "Chillin' with my other homie, or what's left of him."

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