ENGLISH NEWS: Police investigated over management of terrorist Usman Khan

Usman Khan at a rally held by Islamic extremists in Stoke-on-Trent. Credit: Mega.

AN INDEPENDENT police watchdog has launched an investigation into Staffordshire Police for its handling of convicted terrorist Usman Khan.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on Thursday, December 12, that they are probing the force’s “management of Usman Khan following his release from prison.”

This was launched after the watchdog received a referral from the force which related to their contact with the convicted terrorist. Khan was living in Stafford prior to his attack on London Bridge which killed two people and seriously injured several others. 

In a statement, IOPC Director of London Sal Naseem said: “Our separate investigation into the decisions and actions of Staffordshire Police has just begun and will be conducted alongside the investigation into the shooting.” He also added that the investigation was “still in its very early stages.”

Extremist Khan had previously been convicted of terror offences for a plot on the London Stock Exchange in 2012 and was wearing an electronic tag when he carried out his horrifying stabbing rampage in the capital on November 29.

It later emerged that Khan was released from prison on licence in December 2018, just halfway through a 16-year prison sentence. This prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison and has already seen several be returned back behind bars.

As Euro Weekly News understands, the watchdog is also investigating the fatal shooting of Khan by Metropolitan and City of London Police officers which is standard practice after incidents such as this.

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