Why was London Bridge Killer released from jail early?
LONDON: Usman Khan, who killed two people in the London Bridge terrorist attack last week, was a convicted terrorist who had been released halfway through his sentence.
Inmates can generally expect to serve about half of their prison sentence before being released under license.
They must meet certain conditions, which may involve curfews monitored by an electronic tag and meetings with a probation officer and may be called to prison at any time.
Prime Minister Boris johnson He said Saturday that there were probably about 74 people convicted of terrorism who had been released under license.
Its conditions are currently under review.
Khan was convicted in January 2012 for participating in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism.
He had been part of a plot inspired by al-Qaida to establish a terrorist camp in Pakistan and bomb the London Stock Exchange .
Khan was released in December 2018, less than seven years in a 16-year prison sentence, and carried an electronic monitoring label.
Britain's anti-terrorist police chief, Neil Basu, said Saturday that Khan had fulfilled an extensive list of licensing conditions after his early release.
In 2008, the Labor government changed the rules on extended sentences.
The criminals were automatically released half of their sentences instead of being reviewed by a probation board.
The conservative-liberal coalition government changed the rules again in December 2012 so that those who turn more than 10 years can be released only after two thirds of their sentence and only with the approval of a parole board.
However, this did not apply to Khan since he was convicted under the previous laws and the new ones were not applied retrospectively.
Johnson is calling for the end of automatic early departures, as well as the full end of the license for people convicted of terrorist offenses.
If you are convicted of a serious terrorist offense, there must be a mandatory minimum penalty of 14 years, and some should never be released, he said.
Johnson also said that those convicted of terror and extremism must complete the full period specified by the judge.
Jack Merritt was one of the two people killed by Khan on Friday. The 25-year-old was a course coordinator of the prison rehabilitation program at the University of Cambridge Learning Together.
His father, David Merritt, said his son would not want his death to be used as a pretext for more draconian sentences or to detain people unnecessarily.