After the London bombing, the early release in question

Police inspect London Bridge on Saturday, November 30.
Police inspect London Bridge on Saturday, November 30. Steve Parsons / AP

The London bombing interferes with the campaign for the British legislative elections on 12 December. On Saturday, November 30, Prime Minister Boris Johnson committed to reviewing the early release system, in the aftermath of the attack by a former prisoner, convicted of terrorism and parole, who killed two people with gunshots. knife.

Before being shot by the police, the attacker himself was spectacularly controlled by civilians with several convicts, including a murderer on leave, according to British media reports.

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"When people are sentenced to a certain number of years in prison, they should serve this sentence every year"Johnson said Saturday after visiting the scene of the attack. "It makes no sense for our society to early release people who have been convicted of terrorist offenses, violent crimes"continued Johnson, adding: "I've been saying for a long time that this system just does not work. "

The Prime Minister has also called for heavier sentences for violent offenses. He assured that the cases of other released terrorism convicts were reviewed, promising: "A lot of work is being done right now to make sure the public is protected".

"There are big questions to answer"said Sky News Mayor of London and Labor Party member Sadiq Khan. "One of the important tools that judges could use to deal with dangerous criminals and protect the public was life imprisonment.", he added. "It was taken away by this government".

The attacker had served half of his sentence

The attack came early Friday afternoon in London Bridge, causing panic in this busy district of the center of the British capital. The assailant, a British national, was identified by the police as Usman Khan, 28, sentenced to 16 years in prison for terrorist offenses in 2012 and released six years later.

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He belonged to a group that planned to bomb the London Stock Exchange and set up a terrorist training camp in Pakistan. He was released a year ago, having served half of his sentence, a threshold at which prisoners can generally benefit from release. He was wearing an electronic bracelet.

He was attending a conference on the rehabilitation of prisoners held by Cambridge University on Friday. It took place in Fishmongers' Hall, a building on the north end of the London Bridge where the attack began. The assailant, who is carrying a fictitious explosive device, was shot dead by the police after being restrained on the bridge over the Thames by passers-by.

Convicted "heroes"

On images broadcast by social networks and the media, we see one of them empty a fire extinguisher on Usman Khan while another, who is a Polish cook working at Fishmongers'Hall, points to him a narwhal defense , probably taken in the building which contains many old objects. Another respondent, a plainclothes police officer reportedly out of the fray after taking the assailant's knife.

Several political figures and even Queen Elizabeth II sent a message of sympathy to the victims and their relatives, saluting "Brave individuals who have put their lives in danger to help (…) and protect others".

But the PA agency claimed Saturday that almost all of these "Hero" were convicts present at the conference. This is the case of James Ford, sentenced in 2004 to life with a minimum of 15 years imprisonment for slitting a 21-year-old woman.

In a statement, the parole board assured that it had not been "Implicated" in the liberation of Usman Khan "Who appears to have been automatically released under conditions as required by law".


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