London, Nov 8 (ANI): At least 46 convicted Islamic extremists who have been either released from prison or would be released soon in the UK "pose a risk" to the public and face tight new controls on their freedom, a secret Government document has revealed.
Around 20 convicted terrorists have been freed from jail this year after completing their sentences, and another 26 will be eligible for release over the next two years, according to Ministry of Justice figures.
According to the Telegraph, concern over the release of a "significant" number of terrorists has driven ministers to draw up rules for their supervision.
Probation officers have been reportedly issued with a "menu" of restrictions that can be placed on terrorists freed on licence, including orders to have contact with only Government-approved imams, not to visit certain mosques, not to associate with anyone with a criminal record and not to use computers.
The Ministry of Justice document, marked "Restricted" and entitled 'The Management of Critical Public Protection Cases and Terrorist or Terrorist Related Offenders', states: "There is now a small but significant number of terrorists being held in custody or managed on licence."
"This instruction ensures that processes to manage offenders who pose a risk of harm to the public or whose cases pose complex management issues are effectively configured to meet the challenges of managing terrorist offenders," it added.
It is estimated that over 100 convicted Islamic terrorists are now in the British prison system. The Royal United Services Institute has suggested that as many as 800 Muslims have been radicalised behind bars and could present a security threat on release over the next decade, the paper said.
The threat of Islamic terrorism was underlined last week by the discovery of a parcel bomb on a plane at East Midlands airport, and the jailing of Roshonara Choudhry, the student who was inspired by al-Qaeda to attempt to murder Labour MP Stephen Timms. (ANI)