At least nine terrorists are currently set for automatic early release from prison this year, according to data from the Henry Jackson Society.
The think-tank released its analysis in the wake of Sunday’s terror attack in Streatham, south London, in which convicted terrorist Sudesh Amman knifed a man and a woman less than two weeks after his automatic release from jail. The victims’ injuries are not life-threatening.
The government is now scrambling to introduce emergency legislation – announced on Monday – which would prevent terrorists being freed halfway through the sentences without “check or review”.
Downing Street has acknowledged there is currently nothing to prevent convicted terrorists being automatically released until the new emergency law is passed.
Here is a list of the terrorists who, according to the Henry Jackson Society, currently qualify for automatic early release in 2020.
Mohammed Ghani (estimated release in March)
A man from London who possessed electronic copies of terrorist magazines. He was sentenced to two years and four months in May last year after admitting eight counts of possessing documents containing terrorist information.
Jamshed Javeed (estimated release in March)
A Manchester biology teacher who was set to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State (IS). He was sentenced to six years in March 2015 after admitting two counts of engaging in preparation of terror acts.
Mohammed Zahir Khan (estimated release in March)
A Sunderland shopkeeper who tweeted support for IS. He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in May 2018 after admitting encouraging terrorism, dissemination of a terror publication and stirring up religious hatred.
Mohammed Khilji (estimated release in March)
He shared graphic terrorist videos on WhatsApp in which soldiers were beheaded. Khilji, from London, was sentenced to five years in June 2018 after being convicted of eight counts of encouraging terrorism.
Fahim Adam (estimated release in May)
A man from Blackburn who collected extremist magazines and was sentenced to two years and six months in February 2019.
Aras Hamid (estimated release in May)
He tried to join IS in Iraq, and was sentenced to seven years in January 2017 after being convicted of preparing acts of terrorism and assisting another in the commission of terrorist acts.
Patrick Kabele (estimated release in August)
A man from London who tried to join IS in Syria. He was sentenced to six years in May 2017 after being convicted of preparation of terrorist acts.
Moinul Abedin (estimated release in November)
Described as Britain’s first al-Qaeda inspired terrorist, he was sentenced to 20 years in 2002 after police discovered bomb-making material at his home in Birmingham. He was convicted of committing an act with intent to cause an explosion.
Zakariya Ashiq (estimated release in November)
Another who tried to join IS in Syria. Ashiq, from Coventry, was sentenced to six years in May 2015 after being convicted of two counts of preparing acts of terrorism.