Ten of Britain’s most dangerous convicted terrorists could be freed after lockdown
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They include Parviz Khan, 50, from Birmingham, jailed for life in 2008 for plotting to kidnap a Muslim British soldier and behead him.
Jawad Akbar, 37, from Crawley, West Sussex, has had his case referred to the Parole Board. He was jailed for life in 2007 for his part in a plot to bomb shopping centres, clubs and the gas network.
His bid, backed by legal aid, could cost taxpayers £50,000.
Others seeking freedom include Brits who wanted to join IS fighters in Iraq, or who posted vile videos online.
Chris Phillips, ex-head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: “Early release for any would be unthinkable, and a huge gamble with lives.”
Eilish O’Gara, from think-tank the Henry Jackson Society, said: “They must not be freed even if there is a shred of doubt.”
Meanwhile, a ban on preacher Anjem Choudary speaking in public is due to end in May – and security sources fear he will resume his campaign to radicalise young Muslims.
The Parole Board confirmed the ten cases were under consideration. A spokesman added: “Reviews are undertaken with extreme care. Protecting the public is our priority.”
The Government said: “New laws mean terrorists will spend longer behind bars and can be monitored more closely than ever.”
Source: The Sun