Double agent who smuggled Isis bride Shamima Begum into Syria released from jail

The double agent responsible for smuggling Shamima Begum into Syria has been released from jail in Turkey, it emerged on Friday, and may be granted political asylum in

Canada. Mohammed al-Rashed, a Turkish-based double agent working for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) as well as smuggling recruits into Syria for Isil, was

freed on August 5, according to sources in Canada. Syrian Al-Rashed’s role in helping Ms Begum and her two friends into Syria emerged after he was arrested by the Turkish

authorities in 2015 and subsequently jailed for terrorism and smuggling offences. It was only then that CSIS told Scotland Yard about its double agent. Al-Rashed, whom CSIS

recruited in 2013, told Turkish intelligence after he was arrested that Canada had promised him political asylum. According to sources quoted by the Globe and Mail in Canada, CSIS

had planned to relocate him after his release in August. Turkey is understood to have made clear it would not accept the continued presence of Al-Rashed in its country,

while deporting him to Syria would effectively condemn him to death either at the hands of Isil seeking to avenge his betrayal or the Syrian regime because of his links to the

terrorist organisation. Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, defended CSIS when the allegations of Al-Rashed’s dual role first surfaced last month. He said: “The

fight against terrorism requires our intelligence services to continue to be flexible and to be creative in their approaches.”