Currently, some convicted terrorists can be automatically released at the halfway point of their sentence - even if they still remain a threat to the public. But the Government’s new emergency legislation would end automatic early release.
The automatic early release ban would be for current terror prisoners, and Parole Boards would only allow them to be released early at the two-thirds stage of their sentence.
However, now a report by a committee of peers has called for the new emergency legislation to be halted allowing offenders to continue to be permitted for early release.
According to The Sun the House of Lords Constitution committee called for the new terror laws to be shelved until later in the year so they have more time to analyse them.
The report does suggest that Parole Boards should have the power to block early release.
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The report does suggest that Parole Boards should have the power to block early release
But Government insiders are unhappy with the report and have said that they need the new legislation to be approved to make sure that six terror prisoners are not released back onto the streets by the end of next month.
Amendments to the legislation risk the Government missing the deadline for it to be added to the law by Thursday.
Thursday is also the day before the next terror prisoner is set to be freed thanks to early release.
The new law will also need to stop five other potentially dangerous terrorists being automatically freed by the end of next month.
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The House of Lords Constitution Committee report said: “The Bill not only makes the release of terrorist prisoners subject to the Parole Board’s assessment but also delays the point at which that assessment can take place – from half-way to two-thirds of the way through a sentence.
“The Committee questions whether it is necessary to include this extension of the time terrorist prisoners will serve as part of this fast-track bill, rather than in the next counter-terrorism sentencing bill that the Government has said it will introduce.
“The requirement for a Parole Board assessment should be sufficient to ensure that prisoners who still pose a risk to the public are not released early.”
One such terrorist who is set to be freed on Friday is Mohammad Zahir Khan.
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Mr Khan, a shopkeeper from Sunderland, was jailed for four and a half years in May 2018 for posting messages and material that was supportive of IS on social media.
He has previously served long sentences in the past for drugs supply offences.
He moved away from his hometown of Birmingham to the northeast to break away from gangs.
The emergency legislation was rushed through the Commons two weeks ago following the brutal stabbing spree of convicted terrorist Sudesh Amman in Streatham, south London.
The attack occurred just days after Amman was released from prison early.
The 20-year-old had been imprisoned for possessing and distributing terrorist documents in December 2018.
But he was automatically freed just halfway through his sentence.
There are a further five terrorists who are due for release in March and these include Mohammed Ghani from Barnet, Jamshed Javeed from Manchester, Mohammed Khilji from north-west London, Atiq Ahmed from Oldham and Britain’s ‘youngest terrorist’ known only as RXG.
The youngest terrorist was sentenced in 2015 for plotting to murder police officers in Australia.