Voice Of Europe | UK: More than 160 convicted terrorists were released early from prison in the past 7 years
As British MPs earlier this week argued about newly proposed legislation that would stop terrorists from being released early, an ex-minister revealed that over 160 convicted terrorists have been released early from UK prisons in the last seven years alone.
Sir John Hayes, who served as the Minister of State for Security until 2016, told lawmakers that 163 convicted terrorists have been released early in the last seven years, The Sun reports.
The words from former Minister of State for Security came as MPs debated emergency legislation, that if passed, would prevent convicted terrorists from being released earlier.
“Leaving aside the short sentences, the more serious terrorist prisoners have been released in significant numbers,” Sir John said.
“Just imagine the effect on our security services and police of having to deal with the possible consequences of those releases,” he added.
The Terrorist Offenders Bill – written on the heels of the Streatham terror attack committed by Sudesh Amman – will now head to the House of Lords after being quickly passed by the House of Commons.
Earlier this month, 20-year-old Sudesh Amman stabbed two innocent people in Streatham, South London just days after being released from jail only halfway through his three and a half year prison term for terrorist offenses.
If passed, the new legislation could see the return of indeterminate sentences for dangerous terrorists. Source