JI­HADI NUT WALKED FREE

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ac­cused of play­ing “Rus­sian roulette” with peo­ple’s lives af­ter it emerged Jack’s mur­derer was re­leased early from pri­son last year.

Us­man Khan killed two peo­ple and in­jured three in Fri­day’s hor­rific at­tack near Lon­don Bridge just 12 months af­ter be­ing freed.

Khan was re­leased half­way through a

16-year sen­tence for a plot to bomb the Lon­don Stock Ex­change and the US Em­bassy.

The for­mer head of the UK Na­tional Counter Ter­ror­ism Se­cu­rity, Chris Phillips, said:

“The crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem needs to look at it­self.

“We’re let­ting peo­ple out of pri­son, we’re con­vict­ing peo­ple for very, very se­ri­ous of­fences and then they are re­leas­ing them back into so­ci­ety when they are still rad­i­calised.

“I’ve said it a few times today, we’re play­ing Rus­sian roulette with peo­ple’s lives, let­ting con­victed, known, rad­i­calised ji­hadi crim­i­nals walk about.”

UK-born Khan was charged in De­cem­ber

2010 and con­victed in Fe­bru­ary 2012 of ter­ror­ism of­fences but re­leased from jail last De­cem­ber on li­cence.

Judge Mr Jus­tice Wilkie gave the ji­hadist an in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence with at least eight years, say­ing he should not be re­leased un­til he was no longer a threat to the pub­lic. But the sen­tence was quashed at the Court of Ap­peal in April 2013, claim­ing Khan may have just been “talk­ing big” when he spoke of blow­ing up the Stock Ex­change. He was given a de­ter­mi­nate 16-year jail term in­stead, mean­ing he would be au­to­mat­i­cally re­leased af­ter eight years. It emerged Khan was a stu­dent and per­sonal friend of hate preacher An­jem Choudary, pic­tured in­set.

Khan had spent years preach­ing on stalls linked to al-Muha­jiroun, the banned terror group once led by Choudary. Anti-terror po­lice have raided a house in the Stafford­shire area linked to the killer, be­lieved to be a bail hos­tel for of­fend­ers.

The par­ents of Sara Ze­le­nak, one of the vic­tims of the 2017 Lon­don Bridge at­tack, last night said au­thor­i­ties had learned noth­ing since their daugh­ter’s death. Mum Julie Wal­lace, 52, said: “I don’t think they’ve made a good choice. It’s not strong enough, they have got to look af­ter peo­ple.”

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