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London terror attack: Dozens more jihadis set to be freed from jail. This shows the risks


It has also revived perennial questions for law enforcement and intelligence agencies — who is at risk of re-offending? And can they be effectively monitored? How effective are deradicalization and rehabilitation programs?

Usman Khan had been out of jail for a year after serving part of a sentence for his involvement in a terrorism plot in 2010. On Friday, the 28-year old stabbed to death two people on London Bridge before being shot dead by police. Although he was wearing an ankle bracelet, he’d been able to travel to London from his home in the English Midlands.

Khan’s lawyer, Vajahat Sharif, said there were no signs that he would re-offend. He had been a teenager when charged in 2010. He told CNN he was “completely shocked” that his former client carried out Friday’s attack as he had seen signs over the years that he wanted to veer away from radicalism.

A letter obtained by CNN shows Khan writing from prison in 2012 asking to join a deradicalization course. Sharif confirms his team received the letter and had advised his client to write it in the hope of meeting with a specialist intervention consultancy that focuses on rehabilitating individuals convicted of terrorist offenses.

“I didn’t feel he understood with necessary depth the ideology he was following, and I didn’t want it to become his life,” Sharif said.

In the letter, Khan writes: “As you are fully aware of my offence, which is a terrorism offence. It relates more to what I intended and the mindset at that time,…



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