Islamic Terrorist Due for Prison Release Calls for Beheadings in 'Year of Fear'
Terror prisoner set for automatic release demands 'non-believers burned' in 'real war'
An Islamic terrorist is due for automatic early release from a UK prison, despite vowing to trigger "real war" and a "year of fear" through "chopping off heads" and "burning non-believers."
Convicted terrorist Mohammed Zahir Khan, from Sunderland, will be back on British streets unless the UK Government can win a frantic race to rush through emergency terrorism laws by February 27.
Khan is the next terror offender due for automatic early release on February 28 following a four and a half year sentence, despite his continued calls for the "deadliest" terrorist acts from prison.
Officials need to pass the emergency legislation through Parliament that would end automatic release for offenders who serve just half of their sentence.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the push to change the laws following an attack in Streatham on Sunday, in which convicted terrorist Sudesh Amman went on a stabbing spree after being released last month, despite authorities having serious concerns about him.
42-year-old ISIS footsoldier Khan was arrested as part of Operation Seabee in May 2017 and was jailed in May 2018 for encouraging acts of terror, disseminating terror material, and inciting religious hatred.
Authorities describe Khan as an "extremely concerning individual."
Khan had previously been arrested in June 2014 for social media postings expressing hatred for Shias and the West, but on that occasion was convicted of non-terrorist offenses, according to Sky News.
On 4 December 2016, he published a statement on his Twitter account calling for "death to Shias" - a rival sect of Islam - describing them as "dirty and filthy shiite scum."
Khan spread racial hatred online, calling for non-believers to be burnt alive.
On 30 December, he tweeted a series of images, one of which appeared to show a person aiming a firearm with the words "The Lone Mujahid [fighter]."
The next day he replied to another user: "NOTHING wrong with chopping off heads of your enemies."
On 2 January 2017, he published a statement on Twitter saying: "Welcome to the year of fear.
"IS will make this year the DEADLIEST EVER. Mr Kuffar [non-believers] prepare for REAL WAR."
Khan is the first of up to 20 terror prisoners due for release under automatic sentencing procedures in the next few months.
On Monday, the government promised to introduce emergency legislation to ensure those convicted of terror offenses spend more time behind bars.
A Whitehall source has now confirmed that legislation will be introduced to parliament next Tuesday, with the specific aim of becoming law on 27 February, the day before Khan's release.
It will leave ministers just two weeks to ensure the emergency bill passes and all its parliamentary stages.
About five more offenders are expected to be let out in March unless the new law is in force.
The rush to legislate these changes come after convicted terrorist Sudesh Amman wore a fake suicide belt as he grabbed a knife from a shop in Streatham High Road, south London, on Sunday.
He stabbed two bystanders before being shot dead by police.
Amman was under 24-hour police surveillance at the time.
Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu had praised his officers for their actions but warned that "with 3,000 or so subjects of interest currently on our radar and many convicted terrorists soon due to be released from prison, we simply cannot watch all of them, all the time."
The 20-year-old had been jailed for possessing and distributing terrorist documents in December 2018 but was freed automatically halfway through his sentence less than a fortnight ago.
On Monday, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the urgent legislation was needed to make sure offenders serve two-thirds of their sentence before they are considered eligible for release.
At that point, he wants their case to be considered by a panel of specialist judges and psychiatrists on the Parole Board.
There are 224 terrorists in jail in Britain, with most thought to be holding Islamist extremist views, according to the latest published figures to the end of September.
Figures suggest that under current laws, up to 50 terrorists could be freed this year.