According to new reports, London Bridge Killer Usman Khan faked being a “reformed” Jihadist and claimed he wanted to live “as a good citizen of Britain” after he was jailed for terrorism in 2012.
“We’re playing Russian roulette with people’s lives” said Chris Phillips, the former head of Britain’s National Counter Terrorism Security Office “letting convicted, known, radicalized jihadi criminals walk about our streets.”
Per The Telegraph, Khan, a convicted terrorist released less than seven years into a 16-year prison sentence for a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange, had Anjem Choudary’s private mobile phone number stored on his phone at the time of his initial arrest, the Henry Jackson Society has found.
After he was convicted in 2012, Khan asked his lawyer to be enrolled in a programme of deradicalisation to “prove to the authorities” that he was no longer “immature”, a letter obtained by ITV shows.
He said he wanted to “learn Islam and its teachings” through a course run by the Home Office, and “live my life as a good Muslim”.
Khan was one of a series of Al-Muhajiroun connected terrorists to be released over a six-month period beginning in the Autumn of 2018. He was known to have attended a series of Al-Muhajiroun protests and street stalls in the Midlands area prior to his arrest.
Before his conviction for the LSE terror plot, police had previously raided his home in Tunstall over concerns about his links to Choudary.
NY Post reports Khan is not unique. As many as 70 terrorists have been released from Britain’s jails, the Telegraph reported.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who visited the scene at London Bridge Saturday, said he had “long argued” that it was a “mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early.”