The Government is trying to pass emergency legislation to block the automatic early release of convicted terror offenders with one due to be freed in three weeks’ time.
Sunderland shopkeeper Mohammed Zahir Khan, 42, is expected to be released on 28 February after serving half of his sentence for encouraging terrorism.
An official said legislation would be introduced to the Commons on Tuesday.
It follows attacks in recent months by men convicted of terror offences such as Usman Khan who stabbed to death two people trying to help him on a ‘rehabilitation’ programme.
Khan was arrested in 2017 and given a four-and-a-half year sentence in May 2018 after pleading guilty.
He had posted a statement on a Twitter account from the Islamic State group calling for attacks. He also admitted a charge of distributing material designed to incite religious hatred after calling for Shia Muslims to be burnt alive.
The government’s emergency measures, which require backing from Parliament, would postpone his release until the Parole Board has given its approval.
Ministers have admitted they are likely to face a legal challenge over the plans and an ex-independent reviewer of terror legislation, Lord Carlile, said blocking early release “may be in breach of the law”.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland says the Government is doing the right thing in order to safeguard the public: “This is about public protection – it’s the first job of government to get that right.”
The government is aiming for its law change to clear the Commons by the time MPs rises for recess on 20 February and pass through the House of Lords over the following seven days.
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