Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary: Britis rapper-turned Jihadi, 32, found dead in Spain prison cell while awaiting a verdict on terror charges.
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 32, was a British rapper and militant from Maida Vale, West London.
He was the son of Adel Abdel Bari and Ragaa Bary.
A British rapper was once believed to be the ISIS killer “Jihadi John.”
On July 26, 2023, the world learned about his death in his prison cell in Spain, and was in jail awaiting a verdict on terror charges. What was his cause of death? Read on for more.
What was Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary’s cause of death?
The London schoolboy rapper died on July 26, 2023. His body was discovered by guards at El Puerto III prison in Cadiz on Wednesday morning.
He had been tried earlier this month at a court in Madrid accused of leading a roaming jihadist cell he allegedly formed after leaving Syria, and was awaiting the verdict.
Abdel Barry was arrested with two men described as aides less than a week after they were smuggled onto a beach on Spain’s southeast coastline in April 2020.
The Egyptian-born suspect – who grew up in West London – was stripped of his British citizenship after allegedly joining ISIS.
He was charged after a long-running investigation sparked by his arrest at a hideaway rented flat in Almeria.
Investigating judge Maria Tardon said in a formal decision to charge him that he had been smuggled into Spain by boat with two Algerian men less than a week before he was located and held.
He was warned before his trial at Madrid’s Audiencia Nacional court, which finished on July 14, he could face nine years in prison if convicted.
On the opening day of his trial, he denied all terrorism charges against him, insisting he had never been in the Syrian city of Raqqa before claiming he went to the country for humanitarian reasons.
He also denied being pictured holding a decapitated head in Raqqa in 2014 after sickening images emerged on social media with the caption: “Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him”.
Prosecutors said in a pre-trial indictment that the former British national used Bitcoin to buy stolen or cloned bank cards on the Dark Web.
An internal Spanish Prison service investigation will now take place and his family will be given the right to hold their own autopsy aside from the official post-mortem to establish the cause of death.
A separate probe will be carried out by a court in the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria.
Abdel Bary claimed to be a Syrian national called Ahmed Mohamed Al Oulabi when he was held in Almeria in April 2020.
Reports at the time said he was arrested after police spotters identified him by his ears when he opened a second-floor door to receive a kebab takeaway from an Uber Eats deliveryman.
Previously, Abdel Bary had emerged as a key suspect in the hunt for the man dubbed Jihadi John, who was filmed beheading Western hostages.
The ISIS executioner was subsequently named as fellow Londoner Mohammed Emwazi in February 2015.
Abdel Bary was also wrongly identified as a possible member of “The Beatles”, four ISIS terrorists with British accents who tortured and beheaded foreign hostages in Syria.
He moved to London from Egypt as a six-year-old after his father was released from prison.
Dad Adel Abdel Bary was suspected of being involved in al-Qaeda bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 and was extradited to America in 2012.
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary was a rapper
Before becoming radicalised and leaving Britain, Abdel Bary made a name for himself as a rapper and had some of his music played on Radio 1.
In 2013, he walked out of his family home saying he was “leaving everything for the sake of Allah”.
One Spanish report has suggested Abdel Bary was intending to return to the UK when the coronavirus lockdown was over.
But respected Almeria-based daily Ideal reported at the time of his arrest that he picked Almeria as a Plan B hideout after the onset of the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown scuppered his initial plans to reach Catalonia.
A Spanish National Police spokesman said at the time of Abdel Bary’s detention: “National Police officers have developed a counter-terrorism operation which has culminated in the arrest in Almeria of one of the most wanted Daesh Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Europe.
“Another two people have been arrested and the authorities are currently working to establish their identity and their relationship with the other man.”
As well as membership of a criminal organisation he was also charged with fraud.