UK PM Boris Johnson said he will make sure there is ‘fundamental changes’ to the system for dealing with convicted terrorists in the country after Sunday’s attack by a newly-released prisoner, Sudesh Amman.
Sudesh Amman, 20, was released from jail just last week after spending three years and four months in jail for 13 terror offences in December 2018. The released terrorist who is obviously unrepentant rampaged through Streatham high street, stabbing two persons before he was shot dead on Sunday.
Boris Johnson’s comments recalled those made after London‘s last terror attack when two persons were killed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan at Fishmongers’ Hall in December 2019.
Usman Khan, 28, was attending a prisoner rehabilitation event after being released on licence in December 2018 before he carried out the attack which led to his death.
‘If you are convicted of a serious terrorist offence, there should be a mandatory minimum sentence of 14 years – and some should never be released,’ the PM said.
‘Further, for all terrorism and extremist offences the sentence announced by the judge must be the time actually served – these criminals must serve every day of their sentence, with no exceptions.’
The UK PM, Mr Johnson, however, states that the Government has ‘moved quickly’ to introduce measures to strengthen the UK’s response to terrorism. As you may know, last month details of The Counter Terrorism (Sentencing and Release) Bill were released.
The bill included ensuring that dangerous terrorists who receive extended determinate sentences to serve the whole time behind bars, and scrapping early release from jail for those classed as dangerous and handed extended determinate sentences.
The bill also has that terrorists that are deemed not to be a risk would have to serve two-thirds of their sentence before the Parole Board could consider them for release.
Not long after Usman Khan attack in December last year, Home Office figures showed more than 350 convicted and suspected terrorists had been released from prison in the past seven years.
In all, 353 terrorist, criminals and suspects had been freed from prison between June 2012 and the same period in 2019, of which 245 were convicted of actual committed offences.