74 terrorist prisoners released early: Boris Johnson in the London Bridge attack
LONDON: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris johnson He said Sunday that 74 people imprisoned for terrorist crimes were released early, and said he will take steps to ensure that the perpetrators of a violent or terrorist crime are not easily released.
Johnson's comments came a day after a convicted terrorist killed two people before the police shot them dead.
The attacker, identified as Usman Khan, was a convicted terrorist who was imprisoned seven years ago for a plot to bombard the London Stock Exchange and to build a terrorist training camp on his family's land in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Khan had also discussed organizing a Mumbai-style attack in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He was enraged on Friday and killed a man and a woman and wounded three others before armed police officers shot him.
The Ministry of Justice launched an urgent review after the knife attack.
Prime Minister Johnson told the BBC that 74 people imprisoned for terrorist crimes or released early will have their license conditions reviewed.
He claimed that eliminating early release would have stopped Khan, but the Labor Party blames budget cuts for lost opportunities to intervene.
Johnson said it was repulsive that someone as dangerous as Khan could get out of prison after just turning eight and blamed Khan's release on legislation introduced under a leftist government.
I am a new prime minister. We took a different approach ... I opposed [automatic release] both in 2003 and 2008, and now that I am prime minister I will take steps to ensure that people are not released early when they commit ... sexual, violent crimes or serious terrorists, he said.
Johnson said there are probably about 74 people who had been released early after serious crimes, adding that measures were taken immediately after the London Bridge attack to ensure there is no threat to the public, the report said.
The Ministry of Justice confirmed the figure of 74 after Johnson's comments.
Khan's reconstructed profile based on his conviction about terrorism offences reveals a "serious jihadi" who was the youngest in a nine-member group of Islamist radicals jailed in 2012 for planning to bomb the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and the US Embassy as well as target VIPs such as Johnson, then the Mayor of London.
When he sentenced Khan in 2012, Judge Alan Wilkie had said that the future attacker of the London Bridge was on a longer and more sustained road and would try to recruit and train more serious and effective terrorists to cause chaos.