Wave of Jihadi terrorists due to be freed on early release within months

From the Telegraph

More than a dozen jihadi terrorists are due to be freed early from jail within months, as ministers scramble to introduce emergency legislation to keep them behind bars.

The Government has promised new laws in the wake of the broad daylight attack on a south London high street by Sudesh Amman, a convicted terrorist who has been released half way through his sentence just days before.

It was the second terrorist onslaught on London by a freed prisoner in just two months.

Those set for early release include Jamshed Javeed, a science teacher jailed for six years for trying to join the Islamic State in Syria, to fight for the Islamic State in Syria, and Moinul Abedin, who was described as Britain’s first al-Qaeda inspired terrorist after being convicted of making detonators at his home in Birmingham.  

Robert Buckland, the Justice Secretary, told the Commons on Monday that the “appalling incident makes the case for immediate action” and announced the ending of the automatic release of terrorists who had served half their sentences.

Instead, terrorists will have to serve a minimum two-thirds of their sentence before being considered for release and none will be let out before the end of a full custodial sentence without the agreement of the Parole Board.

But the attempt to retrospectively force terrorist prisoners to spend longer in jail will be fiercely contested and lawyers said they expected the legal change to be overturned in the courts. 

Geoffrey Robertson QC described it as “panic legislation” while Dominic Grieve QC, the former attorney general and former chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee, said: “I don’t think that retrospectively you can change the law for prisoners already in jail. It is rather problematic.”

The emergency legislation was also condemned by the Law Society, which said that releasing prisoners at the end of a sentence with no supervision might actually pose a greater risk to society than those freed at halfway but subject to strict licence conditions and supervision in bail hostels.

Authorities were powerless to prevent Amman’s release from Belmarsh prison on January 23 . . . But it emerged yesterday that Amman was judged so dangerous by a joint team of senior MI5 officers and counter-terrorism police that in the days before the attack an armed police team was assigned to keep watch. As a consequence, he was shot within 60 seconds of entering the shop where he stole his weapon, preventing further casualties.

Following the Streatham terror attack in which two people were stabbed on Sunday by Sudesh Amman, a convicted terrorist released halfway through his three year and four months prison sentence, The Telegraph has profiled a number of convicted terrorist who are due to be released from custody in the coming weeks and months, despite their grave crimes. Follow the link to read about them all if you wish. A few have been mentioned on this site previously; others slipped my notice. They come not single spies but in battalions.