Michael Gove today said convicted terrorists should be imprisoned indefinitely ‘if necessary’ as the government moved forward with proposals to toughen sentencing laws. Boris Johnson is facing the prospect of a bitter court battle over plans to keep unreformed offenders in jail by scrapping automatic early release. Ministers are planning to crash through emergency legislation within the next 10 days which would require terrorists to be assessed by the Parole Board before they can be freed. The government launched the proposed crackdown after terrorist Sudesh Amman stabbed two people in London on Sunday before being shot dead by police. The Prime Minister’s plans to keep the worst offenders in jail for longer and to apply the new criteria retrospectively have sparked a legal firestorm. Mr Gove, a former justice secretary and now minister for the Cabinet Office, was asked on Sky News this morning if he believed terrorists should be detained indefinitely and he replied: ‘If necessary, yes.’ His comments came as ministers were accused of ignoring warnings from security officials who apparently said two years ago that they were worried about the number of terrorists eligible for automatic early release. Michael Gove, pictured in Downing Street on January 23, said today… Read full this story
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