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London Bridge attacker was a former prisoner at Whitemoor Prison in March




The London Bridge terror attacker Usman Khan has been described by his lawyer in a national newspaper as a “model prisoner” during his time at Whitemoor Prison in March.

Speaking to The Guardian, Sharif claimed Khan had appeared to be rehabilitated while at the Category A jail.

Sharif also told the paper Khan, who was shot dead on Friday after killing two people from Cambridge and injuring three others in a stabbing spree, had asked for help to be “deradicalised”, but claimed none was forthcoming.

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who were killed in the London Bridge terror attack (23218845)
Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who were killed in the London Bridge terror attack (23218845)

Khan was one of nine members of an al-Qaida-inspired terrorist group convicted in 2012 of plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange and building a terrorist training camp in Pakistan that was disrupted by MI5 and the police.

The solicitor said Khan first mentioned wanting to be free of Islamist extremism after his conviction in 2012, and then repeatedly throughout his time in jail, last mentioning it in 2018 before his release.

After his conviction in 2012 he was given an indeterminate jail sentence, with a minimum term of eight years. On appeal in 2013, it was replaced with a 16-year, fixed-term sentence and an extended period on licence.

Sharif said he last spoke to Khan in March. Khan was released to a bail hostel from where he had to report to a police station every day, had interactions with the probation service and had to wear a tag.

Khan’s victims were Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, who were both graduates from the University of Cambridge’s institute of criminology and had been taking part in an event for its Learning Together programme - which focuses on education within the criminal justice system, when they were killed.


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