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UK vows action against Islamist domination

UK vows action against Islamist domination

UK vows action against Islamist domination

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab promised action against reports that parts of some of prisons had been taken over by Islamist inmates. Image: AFP

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LONDON: The UK government said on Wednesday that “no-go” zones in prisons carved out by extreme Islamist convicts who have been enforcing Sharia law, including whipping other detainees, will be closed down.

Other prisoners were in danger of being radicalised by extremists enjoying an unduly liberal atmosphere in prisons, according to an official study. Justice Secretary Dominic Raab accepted the conclusions of the official review.

After a series of high-profile assaults, including one on London Bridge in 2019, when Usman Khan, a convicted terrorist on temporary parole, stabbed two people to death, the study was launched.

Last year, Khairi Saadallah was sentenced to life in jail for murdering three men in a park in Reading, west of London, after becoming friends with a radical preacher while serving a previous sentence.

The government’s terror law reviewer warned that “prisons must not be allowed to become a second opportunity for committed terrorists whose attack plans are thwarted in the community.”

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According to Hall’s study, Islamist extremists in prisons took control of wings, establishing Sharia courts to administer penalties and prohibiting non-Muslim guards from attending Friday prayers.

They’ve also created “a regime inside a regime” by separating places in “kitchens and no-go areas” on the grounds that non-Muslims can’t manage halal food, according to Raab on LBC radio.

He agreed that prison employees were afraid of being accused of racism and promised legislative improvements to safeguard guards as well as greater funding to isolate the most dangerous extremists.

A record 200 convicted terrorists are being held in UK prisons, with another 200 suspected of having terrorist ties.

Raab blamed “crazy” legal arguments for the fact that isolation violated extremists’ human rights. There are 28 facilities to isolate the most hardcore radicals, but just nine are in use presently, he added.

He said: “We are going to take a more decisive approach in our prisons, not allowing cultural and religious sensitivities to deter us from nipping in the bud early signs of terrorist risk.”

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