Ten extremists could soon be walking the streets of Britain again after serving just half of their prison sentences.
In the wake of the Streatham and recent London Bridge terror attacks, Boris Johnson has pledged to stop automatic early releases for extremists from this year.
Both Sudesh Amman, who was shot dead after stabbing two people in south London on Sunday, and Usman Khan, who fatally knifed two University of Cambridge alumni in December, had been freed midway through their sentences.
Although the PM hopes to introduce new legislation as early as this week, he is facing a potential legal battle meaning the following terrorists who are up for review in the coming months could be released soon, according to the Daily Mail.
The 10 convicted terrorists who could be released this year
Jamshed Javeed: Jailed for six years in 2015 for preparing acts of terrorism. His earliest release date is this month.
Patrick Kabele: Jailed for six years for preparation of terrorist acts. He could be released in March.
Aras Hamid: Jailed for eight years in 2016 for preparing acts of terrorism and could be released in May.
Fahim Adam: Jailed 30 months in February 2019 for having documents useful for terrorism. He could also be released the same month.
Mohammed Khilji: Jailed five years for encouraging terrorism. His earliest release date is also March.
Mohammed Hamza Ghani: Jailed 28 months in May 2019 for possessing documents containing terrorist information and could be released the same month.
Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar: Jailed for 15 years and three months in 2015 for preparation of terrorist acts. Their earliest release date is November.
Moinul Abedin: Jailed 20 years in 2002 for intent to cause an explosion and could also be released as early as November.
Zakariya Ashiq: Jailed for six years in 2015 for preparing for terrorism and could be released the same month.
Under current laws, certain terrorists can go before the parole board after serving as little as half of their sentences depending on their offence and behaviour behind bars.
If they are freed, they are placed in a transition period under police scrutiny while they re-adjust from prison life back into the public.
The new proposed legislation would see terrorists serve a minimum of two thirds of their sentence before they are considered for early release.
However, lawyers and ministers have argued the PM’s emergency legislation overhaul could backfire as it risks offenders being released into the public with no surveillance.
Lawyers also argue it would cause a huge backlog of delays in the courts, while human rights groups said the emergency change of law without review, could cause more problems than it creates.
Law Society of England and Wales president Simon Davis told the paper: ‘Time on licence is intended as a transition from prison to full release.
‘If the licence period is instead spent in custody, we risk releasing inmates without any supervision, without any transition and without any opportunity for the probation service to recall them to prison if there are concerns about their post-release behaviour.
‘If the rules for some prisoners are now changed mid-sentence so that time on licence is actually spent in prison, there is greater chance those prisoners will want to appeal their sentences – further clogging up an already overloaded system.’
Shadow Policing Minister Louise Haigh said if Streatham terrorist Amman had served his whole term he would probably be ‘even more dangerous’ than when he was jailed.
It is believed he was further radicalised behind bars and told a fellow inmate he condoned the London Bridge attack and still had hopes of murdering an MP.
According to the Mirror, at least 20 jihadists are scrutinised by MI5 and police every day amid fears they could strike at any time.
SAS soldiers were involved in the counter-terrorism response to Amman’s attack, meaning police shot the attacker just 60 seconds after he began stabbing shoppers, as he had been under surveillance while staying at a bail hostel in Streatham, south London.
He was shot dead by officers after stabbing two people while wearing a fake suicide vest.