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Jeremy Corbyn: Early Release of Terrorists is 'Correct' if They're 'Considered Safe'

Labour leader says prisoners with terror convictions should be set free if 'rehabilitated'

 on 3rd December 2019 @ 1.00pm
terrorist usman khan  left  was supposedly  rehabilitated  when he was released from prison early to carry out last week s london bridge attack © press
Terrorist Usman Khan (left) was supposedly 'rehabilitated' when he was released from prison early to carry out last week's London Bridge attack

The British Labour Party's socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that giving convicted terrorists early release from prison is the "correct way of doing things" if they're "considered safe."

Corbyn's comments come in the wake of last week's London Bridge terror attack, which left two people dead and three more injured in the British capital.

The Jihadist behind the attack, Usman Khan, was previously jailed for terrorism charges but released early, after only serving half of his sentence, because he was "considered safe."

Corbyn argues that terrorists should be freed once "rehabilitated" and refused to condemn sentencing rules that allow prisoners to be freed from prison on license for good behavior if they have served half their term. 

Former University of Cambridge students Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were fatally stabbed during last Friday's attack.

The pair was killed by 28-year-old convicted terrorist Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event they were both supporting.

london bridge terrorist usman khan pictured handing out extreme islamic flyers © press
London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan pictured handing out extreme Islamic flyers

Usman was jailed in 2012 for plotting an outrage in Britain but released early on license after successfully appealing against his original indeterminate sentence, according to the Daily Mail.

Asked about the release today while campaigning in North London, Mr. Corbyn said: "I think terrorists should be sentenced, as they are, and they should be released as and when they have completed a significant proportion of their sentence and they've undergone rehabilitation and they are considered safe to the public as a whole.  

"I do think that continuing with the process allows people to be released ahead of final complete of their sentence if they've been rehabilitated and they have been suitably assessed and they are very strictly monitored when they come out - I think that must be the correct way of doing things.

"There are enormous questions to be learned from this terrible event that happened last week and that is, what happened in the prison with this particular individual, what assessment was made of his psychological condition before he was released and also what supervision and monitoring he was under after coming out?"

Khan, 28, was wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he launched the deadly attack after he was invited to the prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday afternoon.

The event was organized held by Learning Together, a program associated with Cambridge University's Institute of Criminology.

The attack has prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the license conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson said was "probably about 74" people.

Mr. Johnson has vowed to take steps to ensure people are not released early when they commit serious offenses.

jeremy corbyn refused to condemn the laws that allow terrorists to walk free from prison early © press
Jeremy Corbyn refused to condemn the laws that allow terrorists to walk free from prison early

Meanwhile, Mr. Corbyn blasted the UK's anti-terrorism laws and boasted of opposing them "ever since I first went into Parliament" in a speech circulating online today.

The far-left Labour leader bemoaned what he saw as draconian legislation to members of the radical Stop the War Coalition while he was its chairman in 2011.

In the address - later used by the Tories in a 2017 election campaign attack ad -  Mr. Corbyn bemoaned what he saw as the UK's interventionist military police in "Afghanistan, Libya or wherever else it happens to be."

He went on: "What I see as a much greater threat to our security is the growing militarisation and intolerance of our society, the growing sense of Islamophobia, the growth of anti-terror legislation …

"I've been involved in opposing anti-terror legislation ever since I first went into Parliament in 1983.

"Oh that we now had the Prevention of Terrorism Act, it was utterly mild compared to all the stuff we have got now."

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