A total of 118 terrorists have been freed from British prisons in the last three years, according to the Sun. The Home Office figures show that 39 were released in 2012-13 and 79 were let out in the two years before.
The numbers are likely to cause alarm amongst the public as they have been released on the week a terrorist who threatened an attack on the Royal Wedding was given just 15 months. As reported on Breitbart London, Afsor Ali was jailed for less than three years after a stash of terrorist material was found on his computer and he attempted to flee the country.
Crucially he was given 16 months for the misuse of someone else’s passport when he attempted to take the EuroStar to Paris, but only 15 months for his terrorist offences. This led experts to question how seriously the British authorities took the risk from convicted terrorists.
Ministers insist there is no risk from freed terrorists as they are subject to risk assessments and are monitored. However the National Association of Probation Officers said the public could be in serious danger as the government has left them unable to monitor terrorists properly.
It warned: “Complicated cases such as working with terrorists requires appropriate resources. The Government is due to make more cuts in the coming year and the National Probation Service will not be sustainable, which will leave the public at risk of serious harm.”
The numbers of terrorists freed were released after a parliamentary question from MP Philip Davies. Justice Minister Shailesh Vara claimed that these terrorists are subject to additional monitoring to reflect the seriousness of their crimes.
The Ministry of Justice added: “Napo’s alarmist claims are scaremongering and not true — there has been no change to the management of terrorist offenders. Public protection is, and will always remain, our top priority.”
Any convicted criminal in Britain is entitled to early release after they have satisfied their minimum sentence and they are deemed to be a low risk to society. However, this means that criminals guilty or very serious crimes can be release remarkably quickly.
One such example is Nabeel Hussain (pictured), who was behind the 2006 plot to blow up planes with liquid bombs. Despite plotting to kill many hundreds of people he was released in 2012, but was caught trying to enter Syria in June. He denied he was trying to join ISIS.
There are fears that these short sentences will not act as a serious deterrent to others.