Bluewater bomb plotter among ’92 convicted terrorists’ that could be freed onto UK streets

92 convicted terrorists set to be released from UK prisons

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The Parole Board are considering the release of the terrorists in the coming months, which could also include a Nazi pipe bomb maker, as they have now become eligible after serving two thirds of their sentence. But MPs as well as counter terror experts have warned the system needs a radical overhaul to stop terrorists cheating the system and posing a danger to the public.

MPs want the rules to only apply to individuals who have taken deradicalisation courses and can prove that they have had no links with known extremists or terror suspects over a certain period of time.

It follows emergency laws to block the early automatic release of terrorists were passed in February 2020 after the Fishmongers Hall and Streatham High Street terror attacks, carried out by extremists freed from jail, took place in London within three months of each other.

The attack at Fishmongers Hall on November 29 2019 by former jailed terrorist Usman Khan left Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, dead.

Speaking to Sky News, reporter Emma Birchley explained: “We are talking about 92 convicted terrorists… It would have been in the past that they would have been automatically released at the half-way point in their sentence.”

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But she said how the new emergency laws following the two London terror attacks committed by recently released terrorist prisoners see convicts forced to serve at least two thirds of their sentence before being hauled in front of the Parole Board panel.

She said contenders for release could be Jawad Akbar who was caged in 2004 for his role in plotting to bomb the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent and the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London.

Nazi pipe bomb maker Jack Coulson could also be set free amid the new changes.

The Sky reporter said: “You can see why people would be concerned about the prospect of these kind of people re-entering society”.

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She noted how the Parole Board insist that public safety “is the top priority’ and that “specialists” are being brought onto the decision making panels.

These specialists include judges, senior police officers, prison governors, psychologists and psychiatrists. 

But worryingly, Nick Aldworth, a former national counter terrorism coordinator warned that such people vying for release can cheat the system.

He told Sky News: “The problem with ideologically based offending is it is quite easy to conceal your deep views.

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“But of course those are also views that come and go.”

David Jones, Conservative MP for Clwyd West, told The Times: “These are by any standards seriously dangerous criminals, and there will be huge concern at the prospect of their release next year.

“The government should urgently review the parole rules to ensure that those who continue to pose any threat are not granted early release.”

Since the legislation was brought in, only eleven out of 117 referred to the Parole Board have been released, fourteen have been refused release.

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