The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has claimed that the removal of indeterminate sentences and lack of central government funding makes fighting terror in London more challenging.
Mr Khan told LBC’s Andrew Castle: “As far as City Hall is concerned, we’re invested in as much as we can and I indeed did raise council tax and also business rates.
“The real challenge is to make sure we can persuade the Government to reverse the cuts they’ve made because 80% of our funding comes from central government.”
Mr Khan spoke of the removal of “indeterminate sentences for the protection of the public” which meant that if “found guilty of a very serious terrorist offence, you will not be released until you can persuade the authorities that you are no longer danger to the public.”
The London Mayor said: “So what happened was this government removed the IPP sentence from the toolkit of the judges.
“What that means is people are now given determine sentences, for example, 16 years with the recommendation to serve half – eight.
“If they’ve behaved well in prison, they can be released at half time on licence.”
‘I don’t think it’s right that someone convicted of a serious offence like terrorism should be automatically released’ says @SadiqKhan
The London Bridge killer Usman Khan was convicted terrorist recently freed from jail. #Ridge
— Sophy Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) November 30, 2019
He continued: “The judges have to give the right sentences because what we can have is a situation where people who’ve been convicted of a very serious offence, are still dangerous, and a danger to the public or the conclusion of their sentence. That can’t be right.”
Mr Khan told Sky News in a different interview: “There are big questions that need to be answered.
“One of the tools that judges had when it came to dangerous convicted criminals including convicted terrorists was the ability to give an indeterminate sentence to protect the public.
“That was taken away from them by this government.”
He continued: “In the past, a judge could say this person is so dangerous they can’t be released until they prove to us they are not a danger to the public.
“That’s not there now, and that’s a concern.
“The second issue, is when a person is released on license, does the Ministry of Justice and the probation service have the resources to supervise people who are clearly dangerous?
“A man like this who was convicted of a serious offence shouldn’t be able to be released automatically.
“I voted against the government getting rid of the IPP sentence. The judges need more tools.”
However, on social media members of the public were outraged with his comments, one social media user wrote: “Sadiq Khan, I’m watching you on Sky News politicising the events of yesterday. Now is not the time to use this tragedy to start your nonsense political point-scoring.”
“Let’s not forget your track record for dealing with anything is dreadful.”
Susan Hall AM slammed Sadiq Khan saying: “This does not surprise me at all #MayorKhan‘s automatic reaction to everything is to blame the government. He is not and never has been a proper Leader.”
— Susan Hall AM (@Councillorsuzie) December 1, 2019
A user by the name of EazyRider wrote: “Sadiq Khan on BBC breakfast tv blames Tory cuts for the London Bridge attack. Using this tragedy for political point-scoring and electioneering so soon after people have just died makes him a complete and utter scumbag. The man is contemptible.”
The Bruges Group said: “Predictably, Khan pulls out a dead cat instead of confronting the long, Blairite march through the institutions which led us to this point.”
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