In what appears to be yet another failure by the UK security apparatus to stop a terror attack, it has been revealed that the convicted terrorist who stabbed two people in Streatham in early 2020 had been released from prison just days before the attack.
To make matters worse, convicted terrorist Sudesh Amman, had been released early from prison despite concerns he “retained extremist views”.
An inquest into Amman’s death has heard that counter-terrorism police had asked the prison governor not to release him on the grounds of security concerns.
Amman, 20, was shot dead by surveillance officers after carrying out the attack in Streatham High Road, South London, on February 02, 2020.
Before he was shot dead Amman was able to stab a man and a woman, both of whom survived their injuries.
According to the coroner, Mr Justice Hilliard, Amman was arrested in May 2018 on suspicion of terrorism-related offenses and was later convicted and imprisoned for 40 months.
He served his sentence at HMP Belmarsh but was released early on January 23, 2020.
Counter-terrorism police were determined to prevent his release as Amman had reportedly indicated his intention to launch a terrorist attack once he was freed.
However, the governor of HMP Belmarsh refused the police’s request to keep Amman in detention as the offence he was convicted for could not justify an extension of his sentence.
Detective Superintendent Dominic Murphy told the inquest that a search of Amman’s prison cell had found “hand-written notes” that “appeared to show loyalty” to the Takfiri terrorist group Daesh.
Upon his release from prison, Amman was required to live at a probation hostel in Streatham and was electronically tagged and kept under curfew.
He was kept under close surveillance by at least four undercover counter-terrorism police officers whenever he exited the hostel but these measures failed to stop the terrorist attack.