SEVENTY-FOUR convicted terrorists are back on the streets after being released early, it has been revealed in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack.
Usman Khan, 28, was released after eight years behind bars, with his initial indefinite sentence quashed and allowing him to walk free without facing the Parole Board.
Usman Khan, pictured fourth from left in the back, with fellow defendants at the time[/caption]
He had been jailed after being convicted of terrorism offences after police uncovered a plot by his nine-strong terror cell to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp.
But questions over sentencing and parole have since arisen after Khan, 28, unleashed a horrific terror attack while wearing a fake suicide vest at London Bridge on Friday – claiming the lives of two people and injuring three others.
The terrorist was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he attended a conference on prisoner rehabilitation hosted by Cambridge University scheme Learning Together at Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge.
Security services have since confirmed they have stepped up their surveillance of 74 terrorists who were released early in similar circumstances as Khan.
The Tories scrapped automatic release in 2012 but they still applied to Khan’s sentence because he was convicted under the old Labour rules so he was released halfway through his 16-year sentence in December last year.
The Parole Board said in a statement they had “no involvement” in Khan’s release.
West Midlands Police last night said a man had been arrested on preparation of terrorist acts in Stoke in connection with the wider on-going review of licence condition following Friday’s attack.
So who are feared to be among the others?
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