Au­thor­i­ties fooled

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

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..

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