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UK to introduce tougher jail terms for convicted terrorists after London Bridge attack

 

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FILE PHOTO: Flowers and tributes to victims are seen on London Bridge, December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will introduce tougher jail sentences for convicted terrorists and will end early release as part of a series of measures to strengthen its response to terrorism, the government said on Tuesday.

 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to make changes after an attack near London Bridge in November in which Usman Khan, a convicted terrorist who had been released early from prison, killed two people.

 

Khan had been sentenced to a minimum of eight years in prison in 2012 with a requirement that the parole board assess his danger to the public before release. He was set free in December 2018 without such an assessment.

 

“The senseless terror attack at Fishmongers’ Hall in November confronted us with some hard truths about how we deal with terrorist offenders,” interior minister Priti Patel said in a statement.

 

The government, elected in December, said it would introduce new counter-terrorism legislation within its first 100 days which would force dangerous offenders who receive extended determinate sentences to serve the whole time in jail.

 

Those convicted of offences such as preparing acts of terrorism or directing a terrorist organisation would face a minimum of 14 years in prison, the government said, adding that it would also review how terror offenders are managed when they are released.

 

The father of one of Khan’s victims, Jack Merritt, a 25-year-old who had worked on a prisoner rehabilitation scheme, said at the time his son would have been upset to see his death used to justify tougher penalties.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-01-21
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5 minutes ago, PJPom said:

mandatory sentences for assaulting Ambos

I'm not sure what an Ambo is. Is it an aborigine or do you call them Abbos?

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2 minutes ago, ratcatcher said:

Ambo

Ambulance staff.

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11 hours ago, ratcatcher said:

I'm not sure what an Ambo is.

Plays up front for Arsenal !

 

 

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Pity we do not have the 'transported for life' option anymore. A penal colony on one of the south Sandwich islands (near to South Georgia island) would be useful .... Just dump them on the shore with a years supply of Meals ready to eat.

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13 hours ago, PJPom said:

PS we are no longer allowed to call people Aborigines, they must be referred to as Indigenous or First Nation, failing to follow this ruling you will be branded as a Racist.............

my Koorie mate still calls me Gubba.....is he a racist?

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1 minute ago, possum1931 said:

nd what about closing down the Mosques of anyone convicted of terrorism

Happy to support that if the US closes down the churches of anyone involved in a mass shooting at a school

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Won't make any difference. An unhinged religious zealot  will remain an unhinged religious zealot regardless of any lengthening of prison time.

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1 minute ago, ThaiBunny said:

Happy to support that if the US closes down the churches of anyone involved in a mass shooting at a school

Is it not mostly crazed individuals who have carried out these mass shootings in the US? Do you seriously believe that any of these individuals are going to be worshippers of any church? In the UK, what is the chance that all the Muslims who commit these terrorist atrocities are members of certain Mosques?

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