92 terrorists are considering being released in 2022

92 terrorists are being considered for release from prison by the Parole Board – here are some of the names on the list.

There are 92 active and ongoing terror cases, several of which may come before probation judges, to be decided 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 three-month attacks were carried out by extremists who had been released from prison.

Terrorists must now serve two-thirds of their sentence before being eligible for release – instead of the former halfway mark – and must first be reviewed by the Parole Board.

Some of the cases investigated include the case of Nazam Hussain, who planned attacks along with London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, and Jack Coulson – who made a pipe bomb in his Nazi memorabilia-filled bedroom and downloaded a terrorist handbook. Both could have their bids for freedom settled in February.

Terrorist boss Rangzieb Ahmed – the first person to be convicted in the UK of leading terrorism after leading a three-man al-Qaeda cell preparing to commit mass murder – is expected to have his case settled in March.

In the same month, a decision can be made on whether Jawad Akbar, one of five terrorists who planned to bomb the Bluewater shopping center in Kent and the nightclub Ministry of Sound in London in 2004, can be released.

Islamic extremist Abdalraouf Abdallah, who was visited in jail by Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi but who has denied any involvement in the attack, was recalled to prison for violating licensing conditions earlier this year.

He is likely to be reconsidered for release in the first half of 2022, just as Aras Hamid tried to leave Britain to join fighters with the so-called Islamic State.

News Shopper: Undated photos of terrorist criminals, from left, Nazam Hussain, Jack Coulson, Rangzieb Ahmed, Jawad Akbar and Abdalraouf Abdallah, which could be considered for release from prison next year by the Parole Board.  Credit: From left: West Midlands Police, Counter Terrorism Policing North East, Greater Manchester Police, Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester Police. Undated photos of terrorist criminals, from left, Nazam Hussain, Jack Coulson, Rangzieb Ahmed, Jawad Akbar and Abdalraouf Abdallah, which could be considered for release from prison next year by the Parole Board. Credit: From left: West Midlands Police, Counter Terrorism Policing North East, Greater Manchester Police, Metropolitan Police and Greater Manchester Police.

Since the introduction of the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020, 117 cases have been referred to the Parole Board. So far, 11 have been released and 14 have been denied release.

Terrorist cases often take longer to consider because of their “complexity” and “go through careful and thorough processes” to ensure that all necessary evidence is available to panels for hearings, Parole Board said.

Security services intelligence is a “key part” of many terror probation reports, and the panels tasked with making the decisions – consisting of members, including former and acting judges, senior constables, prison governors, prosecutors, psychologists and psychiatrists – require “top-level security clearance.” , so they can hear sensitive evidence.

Terrorism cases are a “small” part of the board’s case load – equivalent to less than 100 of the approximately 16,000 processed each year.

However, due to the “critical public protection nature” of the cases, the board is increasing the number of specialists who can handle them and hopes to have around 70 panel members by the beginning of next year.

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: “Public protection is always our top priority. Any convicted criminal offender released to society will be subject to some of the most stringent licensing conditions available, including restrictions on where they can go, who they can associate with, restrictions on Internet use, electronic devices, travel and work.

“They will also be subject to further close monitoring as part of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Mappa).”

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