More than one hundred and sixty terrorists have been released early to the streets of the United Kingdom in the last seven years MPs have been told as the Commons debated the government’s plans for emergency terror legislation ending the practice of letting terror offenders leave prison early.
The Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings, Rt Hon Sir John Henry Hayes CBE FRSA, a former security minister, said he was “surprised and disappointed” by the “significant” number of terror offenders realised into the public domain before their full sentence had been served.
The figures appear to come from research in the House of Commons library. Sir John Hayes said the figure did not include offenders who had spent fewer than 12 months in prison.
This was all revealed when MPs debated the government’s Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill, with the legislation clearing all its Commons stages on Wednesday.
The Bill is set to end the early release of terrorist offenders and will stop around 50 terrorists who are already imprisoned from being automatically released halfway through their sentences.
HM government says the bill will ensure terror offenders are not realised without a “thorough risk assessment” from the Parole Board, with those who are still deemed unsafe to return to freedom made to spend the remainder of their sentences.
The legislation will not only cover offenders sentenced for offences acts of terror but also such as training for terrorism, membership of a proscribed organisation and the dissemination of terrorist publications.
It will end the current system of automatic halfway release for those who are handed standard determinate sentences, instead of requiring the offender to serve a minimum of two-thirds of their term in prison.
Number 10 is hoping to speed the legislation through parliament and pass it into law by the end of this month.
The legislation was announced in the wake of the Streatham terror attack in south London earlier this month when Sudesh Amman, aged 20, stabbed two people a week after being released halfway through his sentence for spreading extremist material.
The London Bridge attacker, Usman Khan was also released early into his sentence after planning for acts of terror.
The government is rushing to pass the bill by the 27th of February as this is when the next terror offender is set to be realised early under the current legislative framework.
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