The executor of the terrorist attack in London, Usman Khan was considered a successful example of rehabilitation programs for ex-prisoners “Learning together” (Learning Together), the event where the attack occurred. Meeting in the building of the Guild of rabotorgovtsev November 29 was supposed to mark five successful years of this project.
The program “Learning together” was developed by Cambridge University and aimed to “destroy stereotypes” and give participants a chance to start a normal life. According to the Telegraph (translation InoPressa), the case of Usman Khan was cited as an example to highlight the work of the programme with ex-offenders. The project staff even took part in the 10-kilometer race to raise funds for computer Khan, so he could write in spite of the hard conditions of his parole, which did not allow him to use the Internet.
In response, the Khan sent a letter of thanks, stating that the project is “a special place” in his heart and is “more than just organization.” Earlier this year he was allowed to attend a similar event in Whitehall to support. Meeting Learning Together in London let him go without escort.
In the attack and Khan was killed by two graduates of Cambridge – Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, they both worked in the program “Learning together”, reports the BBC Russian service. Presumably Merritt worked directly with the terrorist, when he was serving a sentence in prison of strict regime of Whitmor.
“The greatest tragedy is that these people were killed by those they sought to help,” said after the tragedy, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University Professor Stephen Tope. According to parents, their children believed in the reform and rehabilitation of offenders, not counting effective revenge them by society.
After the attack, the question arose as Khan, sentenced in 2012 to 16 years in prison for terrorist offences, was able to get out on PAROLE. According to Telegraph, after the attack, the representatives of the British Ministry of justice all weekend checking e-messages, the data about telephone negotiations and meetings with other former extremists in order to “ensure that the conditions of PAROLE are being met, and if not, why not”. According to one of newspaper sources, the number of paroled terrorists will soon be back in jail.
Thus, on 1 December, the representatives of the Staffordshire police announced the arrest of 34-year-old man in connection with the renegotiation of the supervision of inmates on charges of terrorism. The detainee is suspected of preparing terrorist attacks, but, as emphasized in the statement that there are no facts which would indicate his participation in the attack on London bridge.
Arrested Nasam Hussain was one of the 74 convicted terrorists, which was subjected to verification after the London attack, and a close associate of Usman Khan. Parents Hussein and Khan hails from the same village in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, and both were close friends who grew up in Stoke-on-Trent. They sat in prison in 2012 on charges related to terrorism and was released in a single day in December 2018 PAROLE. According to The Telegraph, the test prematurely released terrorist ex-prisoners will not be allowed to attend events like that, where Khan was behind the attack.