An Isis supporter has been denied bail following the introduction of a new law which revokes the automatic release of terror offenders from prison.
Mohammed Zahir Khan was convicted of terror after his arrest in May for encouraging terrorism and stirring up religious hatred. The new law caused his release to be adjourned from March to November at the earliest.
The Isis supporter`s lawyers argued that the legal changes violated his human rights. Hugh Southey QC, representing Khan told the court that the new regulation breached the European Convention on Human Rights.
However, the arguments were repudiated by two High Court judges on Thursday who threw Khan`s application for judicial review. The new law came after terror attacks in Streatham and London Bridge. The judges argued that terrorists should not be treated as “ordinary” criminals.
Lord Justice Fulford and Justice Garnham added: “The risk such offenders posed reflected not only the likelihood of further offending of a similar nature, but also the potentially serious consequences of the risk eventuating.
“In those circumstances, in our judgment, keeping terrorist prisoners in custody for a longer proportion of their sentence, and requiring Parole Board approval before early release, was an entirely legitimate response.”
Mr Southey claimed that the new provisions had prompted “inconsistency” and caused terrorist prisoners to be treated differently from other prisoners. But the judges rejected the claims.
They concluded: “We reject the challenges under Articles 14, 5 and 7 [of the ECHR] and this application is dismissed.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said they were supportive of the new law and added that “keeping terrorists off our streets for longer” will keep the civilians safe.