Freed terrorists 'pose public risk'
Dozens of terrorists freed from prison or due to be released "pose a risk" to the public and need tight controls, a restricted Government document is reported to disclose.
The Daily Telegraph claims to have seen a secret paper outlining how a "significant" number of Islamic extremists need to be managed after completing their prison spell.
The newspaper states that at least 20 such convicts have already been released this year, with a further 26 eligible for parole over the next two years.
Under the same rules as other prisoners, those with terrorist convictions can be released on licence after serving half their sentence
A Ministry of Justice paper entitled The Management of Critical Public Protection Cases and Terrorist or Terrorist Related Offences is concerned with how to control offenders once out of prison, it was reported.
The "restricted" document is said to state: "There is now a small but significant number of terrorists being held in custody or managed on licence. This instruction ensures that processes to manage offenders who pose a risk of harm to the public or whose cases pose complex management issues are effectively configured to meet the challenges of managing terrorist offenders."
The Daily Telegraph also quotes a passage warning that offenders may try to take on work that puts them in contact with vulnerable individuals who could be susceptible to radicalisation.
To combat the threat, probation officers have been given the right to impose a number of restrictions on those released on license. According to the newspaper, these include banning released offenders from visiting certain mosques and forbidding them from meeting anyone with a criminal record.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "It is entirely right and proper that the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) puts in place appropriate and robust licence conditions for those released under probation supervision, particularly serious and violent offenders.
"These licence conditions are based on rigorous risk assessments and the use of tight licence conditions is by no means unique to terrorist offenders. All offenders are able to challenge licence conditions imposed, however the NOMS will always seek to ensure that licence conditions are sufficient to manage the individual's offending behaviour."