Nearly a hundred terrorists plan to be released from prison by the parole board.
There are 92 active and ongoing terrorism cases, several of which could go to parole judges next year, depending on how long it takes to gather the necessary evidence for hearings.
Emergency laws to block the early automatic release of terrorists behind bars were passed in February last year after two attacks in three months were carried out by extremists who had been released from prison.
Terrorist offenders must now serve two-thirds of their sentence before being eligible for release – rather than the previous halfway point – and must first be reviewed by the Parole Board.
Some of the cases examined include that of Nazam Hussain, who planned attacks alongside London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, and Jack Coulson – who made a homemade bomb in his room filled with Nazi memorabilia and uploaded a manual to the terrorism. The two could have their freedom offers determined in February.
Terrorist chief Rangzieb Ahmed – the first person to be sentenced in the UK for leading terrorism after leading a three-man Al Qaeda cell that was preparing to commit a mass murder – should see his case tried in March.
That same month, a decision could be made on the release of Jawad Akbar, one of the five terrorists who plotted to bomb Bluewater Shopping Center in Kent and Ministry of Sound nightclub in London in 2004.
Islamist extremist Abdalraouf Abdallah, who was visited in prison by Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi but denied any involvement in the attack, has been recalled to prison for violating permit conditions earlier this year. He is likely to be reconsidered for release in the first half of 2022, as is Aras Hamid who attempted to leave the UK to join fighters for the so-called Islamic State.
Since the introduction of the Terrorist Offenders (Restricted Early Release) Act 2020, 117 cases have been referred to the Parole Board. So far, 11 have been released and 14 have been refused release.
Terrorism cases often take longer to be investigated due to their “complexity” and “go through careful and thorough processes” to ensure that all necessary evidence is available for hearings, the Commission said. conditional.
Security intelligence is a “key component” of many terrorist parole reviews and decision-making committees – made up of members including former and serving judges, police chiefs, prison directors, of prosecutors, psychologists and psychiatrists – require level security clearance “so that they can hear sensitive evidence.
Terrorism cases represent a “tiny” proportion of the Commission’s caseload – equivalent to less than 100 of the approximately 16,000 cases handled each year.
But, due to the “critical public protection nature” of the cases, the council is increasing the number of specialists able to handle them and hopes to have around 70 panel members by the start of next year.
A spokesperson for the Parole Board said, “Protecting the public is always our top priority. Any convicted terrorist offender released into the community will be subject to some of the strictest licensing conditions available, including restrictions on where they can go, who they can associate with, restrictions on the use of ‘Internet, electronics, travel and work.
“They will also be subject to closer scrutiny under the Multi-Agency Public Protection Agreements (Mappa).”