After a parole hearing, one of the most dangerous terrorists in the UK, who was jailed for planning an attack on the London Stock Exchange, may be freed in a few months.
Usman Khan’s close buddy, Nazam Hussain, was one of a group of three people termed “the more serious jihadists” when they were imprisoned in 2012.
An al-Qaeda-inspired plan to blow up the London Stock Exchange on Christmas Eve was orchestrated by Hussain, 35, and his group.
The plans were for a synchronised bomb and gun assault like the ones that occurred in Mumbai, India in November 2008, which left 175 people dead and over 300 wounded.
Hussain was imprisoned at the same time as Usman Khan, a 28-year-old co-conspirator who later killed Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, at Fishmongers’ Hall in central London in November 2019.
According to MailOnline, the appeal was postponed on July 19 for more findings from the MI5 counterterrorism team and the police and prison counterterrorism departments.
The hearing will likely resume later this year, but no date has been established as of yet. Hussain would be granted a licence a few weeks after the appeal is decided in his favour.
A parole board representative stated: ‘There are a number of situations where an adjournment may be required, for example more information is required, the prisoner needs more time to complete a course, a witness is not available, or for some other unavoidable reason.
‘The Parole Board does everything it can to avoid these delays.
‘Any decision to adjourn an oral hearing must be recorded in writing with reasons, and that record must be provided to the prisoner and/or their legal representative and the Secretary of State no more than 14 days after the date of that decision.
‘Parole Board decisions are solely focused on what risk a prisoner could represent to the public if released and whether that risk is manageable in the community.
‘The panel will carefully examine a whole range of evidence, including details of the original crime, and any evidence of behaviour change, as well as understand the harm done and impact the crime has had on the victims.
‘Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.’ Source