LONDON’S evil terrorist Usman Khan hoodwinked authorities with claims he had reformed, a prison letter has revealed.
Islamic State yesterday claimed responsibility for his deadly attack, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered an urgent review into terrorists on parole, following outrage that Khan had been let out of jail early.
Cambridge University graduate Jack Merritt, 25, was named as one of two people stabbed and killed by Khan at a rehabilitation course at London Bridge on Friday.
The second female victim is yet to be named.
Khan, who was convicted in 2012 of planning to bomb the London Stock Exchange and being part of plans to attack the London Eye and Westminster Houses of Parliament, had been automatically released – without parole board sign off – half way through his 16-year term last year.
The get out of jail free card system, which has only been slightly amended since, has stunned Mr Johnson, who wants terrorists to serve “every day of their sentence”.
“What I have seen over the last 24 hours has made me angry – it’s absolutely clear that we can’t carry on with the failed approaches of the past,” Mr Johnson said.
“If you are convicted of a serious terrorist offence, there should be a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years – and some should never be released.
“Further, for all terrorism and extremist offences the sentence announced by the judge must be the time actually served – these criminals must serve every day of their sentence, with no exceptions.
“These simple changes, in line with what I’ve been saying since becoming Prime Minister, would have prevented this attack.”
The UK Ministry of Justice said: “Work is already advanced on reviewing the licence conditions of every terrorist offender, making sure conditions are as tough as they need to be.”
Khan, 28, was among nine men convicted over evil plans to carry out an attack in London.
But in jail the conniving terrorist played a long game.
He wrote to prison authorities asking to attend a course to help him deradicalise and learn the correct teachings of Islam.
Khan, from Stoke-onTrent, said in a letter to prison authorities in 2012 he had reformed.
The letter was foreboding. He attacked and killed Mr Merritt at a rehabilitation course at Fishmongers’ Hall, next to London Bridge, on Friday afternoon local time.
Mr Merritt was a co-ordinator at the Learning Together course, which was backed by the prestigious Cambridge University..