Following the recent attack in London, where two Cambridge University graduates were stabbed to death and at least three other people were seriously wounded by convicted terrorist Usman Khan, many questions are now being asked about the UKs legal system.
The attack has brought to attention the fact that in the UK, people convicted of terror offences, along with other prisoners, can be released after serving half of their sentence. Khan, who was shot dead by police officers following the attack, had been released from jail on licence in 2018, halfway through a sentence for terrorism offences.
Khan was convicted in 2011 of plotting to attack the London Stock Exchange receiving an 18-year sentence. He was given whats known as an indeterminate public protection sentence. In theory, IPP prisoners can stay in prison for the rest of their lives. But Khans IPP was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2013 and replaced with a 16-year fixed-term sentence. Khan was told he should serve at least eight years in prison. And in December 2018, he was released on licence and ordered to wear a tag. As part of his release conditions, Khan was required to attend the governments desistance and disengagement programme, aimed at rehabilitating people who have been involved with terrorism.