Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that 74 additional criminals with terrorist ties were released from prison under the system that freed the man responsible for the attack on London Bridge.
Usman Khan, the 28-year-old terrorist who killed two people before being thwarted by bystanders with a narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher, had been in prison prior to the attack for terror-related offenses. He had been released from prison “on license” as part of an early release program. Khan had plotted an attack on the London Stock Exchange in 2012 when he was imprisoned the first time. He was only halfway through his prison sentence and was not referred to a parole board.
Johnson claimed that Khan’s release was the fault of the left-leaning Labour Party because they had overhauled a statute, the Extended Sentence for Public Protection, allowing terrorists to be held for an extended sentence until a parole board reviewed the case and agreed to release the individual. The Labour Party had overturned part of the EPP that required a parole board review, meaning Khan was freed after 8 years without any type of formal review by the board.