13:04, February 03 284 0 theguardian.com

2020-02-03 13:04:04
No terrorism offenders to be released without review, says minister

The government is to introduce emergency legislation to retrospectively toughen the terms of the prison sentences currently being served by 220 terrorist offenders to prevent their automatic release, the justice secretary has announced.

In a move likely to face legal challenge, Robert Buckland said that all terrorist prisoners, including those currently in prison, will not be released before their full sentence has been served without an expert risk assessment from the Parole Board.

The announcement comes just over 24 hours after Sudesh Amman, a 20-year-old with previous terrorism-related convictions, launched an attack on members of the public in Streatham, south London. Amman had been automatically released from prison a week ago at the halfway point of his sentence.

Terrorist offenders will not be eligible for a Parole Board assessment until they have served two-thirds of their sentence, Buckland told the House of Commons.

Buckland said: “We face an unprecedented situation of severe gravity, and as such it demands the government responds immediately and that this legislation will apply to serving prisoners.”

More details to follow…