Among the terrorists whose cases are up for review are Nazam Hussain, who plotted attacks alongside London Bridge attacked Usman Khan, and Nazi-obsessed Jack Coulson, who made a pipe bomb and downloaded a terror handbook
Almost 100 imprisoned terrorists will be considered for release from prison by the Parole Board.
Several – including one who plotted with the London Bridge attacker and another, a Nazi fan pipe-bomb maker – are up for parole next year.
They are among 92 active cases which will come up for consideration depending on how long it takes to gather the evidence needed for hearings.
Emergency laws to block early automatic release of terrorists behind bars were passed in February last year after two attacks in three months by extremists freed from jail.
Terror offenders now serve at least two-thirds of their sentence before being eligible for release – rather than the previous halfway mark – and must be reviewed by the Parole Board.
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Under review are Nazam Hussain, who plotted attacks alongside London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan, and Jack Coulson – who made a pipe bomb in his Nazi memorabilia-filled bedroom and downloaded a terror handbook.
Both could have their bids for freedom determined in February.
Terror boss Rangzieb Ahmed – the first person to be convicted in the UK of directing terrorism after heading up a three-man al Qaeda cell that was preparing to commit mass murder – may have his case ruled upon in March.
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In the same month, a decision may be made on whether Jawad Akbar, one of five terrorists who plotted to bomb a Kent shopping centre in Kent and a London nightclub in 2004, can be released.
Islamic extremist Abdalraouf Abdallah, who was visited in prison by Manchester bomber Salman Abedi but has denied any involvement in the attack, was recalled to prison for breaching licence conditions earlier this year.
He is likely to be reconsidered for release in the first half of 2022 – as is Aras Hamid who tried to leave the UK to join Islamic State.
Since the introduction of the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020, 117 cases have been referred to the Parole Board.
So far 11 have been freed and 14 have been refused release.
Intelligence from security services forms a “key part” of many terrorist parole reviews, according to the board.
The board includes judges, chief constables, prison governors, prosecutors, psychologists and psychiatrists who need top-level security clearance to hear sensitive evidence.
Terror cases are a “tiny” proportion of the Board’s caseload – equating to less than 100 of the roughly 16,000 dealt with each year.
A Parole Board spokesman said: “Public protection is always our top priority.
“Any terrorist convicted offender released into the community will be subject to some of the strictest licence conditions available, including restrictions of where they can go, who they can associate with, restrictions on internet use, electronic devices, travel and work.”