Nearly 100 terrorists could soon be released from British prisons, including London Bridge conspirators

Nearly 100 terrorists could soon be released from British prisons.

The Trial Board is considering the release of 92 terror convicts who will have served two-thirds of their prison sentences.

Among the cases is Nazam Hussain, who planned attacks along with London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan.

He could have his bid for freedom considered as early as February along with the pipe bomber Jack Coulson.

Rangzieb Ahmed, who headed a three-man al-Qaeda cell, is expected to be treated in March.

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



Usman Khan is one of 92 terrorists whose release is now awaited
Usman Khan is one of 92 terrorists whose release is now awaited

Also on the list is Islamic extremist Abdalraouf Abdallah, who was visited in jail by Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi.

A spokesman for the Parole Board said: “Any terrorist convicted perpetrator released to society will be subject to some of the most stringent licensing conditions.”

Since the introduction of the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020, 117 cases have been referred to the Parole Board.



A Nazi-sympathizing teenager convicted of a terrorist crime is also set to be released
A Nazi-sympathizing teenager convicted of a terrorist crime is also set to be released

So far, 11 have been released and 14 have been denied release.

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

Security services intelligence forms a central part of “many terrorist probation reports and panels tasked with making decisions – consisting of former and acting judges, chief constables, prison governors, prosecutors, psychologists and psychiatrists – require top-level security clearance” they know her sensitive evidence.



Nazam Hussain is also on a list of terrorists to be released
Nazam Hussain is also on a list of terrorists to be released

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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.”

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