The paedophile ringleader of a grooming gang responsible for abusing at least 100 young girls has been freed from jail after only serving a third of his sentence.
Adhel ‘Eddie’ Ali controlled a network of schoolgirl prostitutes – some as young as 13 – who he pimped out in exchange for booze, food and money.
The beast was caged in 2012 and sentenced to 26 years behind bars, including eight on licence – but he is now free to walk the streets.
Ali led the trafficking gang, which also involved his brother and five other men, in Telford, Shropshire, over a three-year period. He abused more than 100 vulnerable teenagers
The Ali brothers gang promised alcohol, food and money to their victims in return for them working as child prostitutes – referring to them as "s**ts" – between 2006 and 2009.
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The siblings were both married at the time of the offences.
Two years ago, Ahdel was attacked by prisoners armed with razor blades which left him badly cut and in need of 40 stitches.
The news of his early release was confirmed to the Shropshire Star by local MP Lucy Allan.
Ali will be monitored now he is out of prison. His brother, Mubarek Ali, was slapped with 22 years behind bars with 14 in custody and eight on licence.
Miss Allan said: “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 brothers, then of Wellington, were the ringleaders in the gang and were jailed after an eight-week trial.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said sex offenders are closely monitored and can be returned to prison if they breach “strict conditions”.
The Ali brothers' campaign of abuse sparked a probe into the Yorkshire towns handling of child sexual abuse, investigating instances from the late 80s to 2010s.
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During the Ali brothers' trial, Stafford Crown Court heard the pair groomed two girls, aged 15 and 16, for sex before persuading them to work as prostitutes in 2008.
They were eventually convicted of dozens of offences between them, including inciting and controlling child prostitution and rape, while five other men jailed for between two-and-a-half and seven years.
West Mercia Police's Operation Chalice – one of the largest in the force’s history – saw up to 50 officers working to eventually bring the gang to justice.
It later emerged in 2018 that Telford and Wrekin Council had acted on only half of abuse and trafficking allegations they received.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain previously, one victim revealed she suffered a “whirlwind of rape” at the hands of the network.
She said she had two abortions and attempted suicide as no authorities stepped in to help her.
Speaking of how many men were responsible, she said: “The main abusers, I'd say seven, but I was being sold every day, countless times, for four years.”
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