London Bridge terrorist was banned from entering London – but granted ONE day exemption


THE London Bridge attacker who murdered two innocent people in a knife rampage and injured many others was a convicted terrorist banned from entering the capital, but probation bosses had granted him a one-day exemption.

Usman Khan, 28, was released from jail on condition that he obeyed 20 strict conditions, including not going to London, but probation bosses believed he had been reformed and granted him an exemption to attend an ex-prisoners’ conference organised by Cambridge University. Khan then began a frenzied attack at the Fishmonger’s Hall building on Friday afternoon before being chased out onto London Bridge were he was tackled to the ground by members of the public then shot dead by police. A list of apparent errors by police, judges, politicians and probation services have emerged that allowed Khan to launch his attack close to the scene of another terrorist atrocity at Borough Market just two years ago.

Khan was jailed in 2012 over a plot to kill Boris Johnson and blow up iconic sites including the London Stock Exchange.

Released under strict bail conditions in December last year, he had to attend deradicalisation sessions and was under surveillance by MI5.

Khan was released from prison on licence in December 2018.

In 2010, Khan and eight other men were being watched as part of a massive counter-terrorism operation that spanned Stoke-on-Trent, Cardiff and London.

The nine were plotting to kill Boris Johnson, then London’s Mayor, and blow up sites including the Stock Exchange and the London Eye but were arrested and charged.

During their Old Bailey trial in 2012, the court heard secret police recordings of Khan’s desire to attack non-Muslims.

In the recordings, he said: “Bro, these kuffar non-believers, yeah, you know these flipping dogs, yeah, these scabby kuffar, bruv, they need to get dealt with, bruv.

“Because they haven’t got the fear inside them no more, man.”

Labour’s Yvette Cooper said the government were “warned about the risks” of ending Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP).

But Priti Patel blamed legislation brought in by Labour in 2008.

The IPP regime, which was brought in by the then Home Secretary David Blunkett to protect the public from dangerous prisoners, was scrapped by the coalition government in 2012.

In a series of tweets, Ms Cooper, shadow home secretary from 2011-2015, said the government was “warned” about the risks of ending IPPs citing a “lack of resources for probation, monitoring and rehabilitation”.

The home secretary responded to Ms Cooper on Twitter, saying the law was changed “to end Labour’s automatic release policy”.

Ms Patel added that Khan was convicted before the Labour legislation was changed by the Tories in 2012.

The row comes after Ms Patel joined Prime Minister Boris Johnson at London Bridge where two people were killed by Khan on Friday.

Khan, 28, was convicted of a terrorism offence in 2012.

He was released from prison in December last year, after agreeing to wear an electronic tag.

Visiting the site of Friday’s stabbings, the PM vowed to “toughen up sentences”.

Mr Johnson said: “I’ve said for a long time now, that I think the practice of automatic, early release where we cut a sentence in half and let really serious and violent offenders out early, simply isn’t working.

He added: “And I think you’ve had some very good evidence of how that isn’t working, I’m afraid, with this case.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said there were questions to be answered.

He said: “I think there is also a question about what the Probation Office were doing, were they involved at all?

“Whether the Parole Board should have been involved in deciding whether or not he should have been allowed to be released from prison in the first place, and also what happened in prison?”

The Parole Board said it had no involvement in the 28-year-old’s release, saying Khan “appears to have been released automatically on licence, as required by law”.

Ms Patel backed up the Parole Board’s comments, with a tweet claiming they “could not be involved” in the decision to release Khan because of Labour’s change to the law in 2008.


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