Foreign terrorists avoid deportation after serving UK prison terms

‘The UK’s benevolence and altruism have been to its detriment,’ think tank says

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Libyan asylum seeker Khairi Saad­allah, 25, who is said to have attacked a group of men, stabbing several people at Reading's Forbury Gardens, killing three people. Joe Ritchie-Bennett, is the second victim of the suspected terror attack in Reading on Saturday to be named of the three people who were murdered. American Mr Ritchie-Bennett had lived in the UK for 15 years. His father confirmed his death to US TV  network CBS. Teacher James Furlong and one other person also died. Khairi Saad­allah attacked a group of men, stabbing several people at Reading's Forbury Gardens, to which police were called at about 7pm. He is said to have carried out a lone attack shouting "unintelligible words" and was rugby-tackled to the ground by police and arrested shortly after the attack. Saadallah, from Reading and was arrested initially on suspicion of murder. He was later re-arrested on Sunday under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Police have the power to detain him without charge for up to 14 days. Saadallah is reported to have been known to M15 and was released from prison just 16 days ago. He is said to have been 'a tacking timeboms' who wanted to travel to Syria to fight and was on medication for post traumatic stress and a suspected personality disorder before his release. Khairi Saad­allah is pictured here on an "open" Facebook page.
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Forty-five foreign-born criminals convicted of Islamist-inspired offences are reportedly being allowed to remain in the UK after completing their jail terms.

Five of the terrorists were born in Libya, with others from Algeria, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea, according to analysis of official data by the Henry Jackson Society. Eighteen were known to have links to proscribed groups, including Al Qaeda and ISIS.

The 45 include triple killer Khairi Saadallah, 26, who went on a stabbing rampage in a park in Reading, 104 kilometres west of London, in the summer.

He had been convicted of a string of violent offences including carrying knives but was not deported after his release because it would have breached his human rights, The Telegraph reported.

He carried out his attack little more than two weeks after his release for non-terrorist offences. Saadallah, who admitted three counts of murder and three of attempted murder last week, will be sentenced next month. He had a history of mental illness and came to the UK from Libya in 2012 as an asylum seeker.

He had come to the attention of counter-terrorism officials who decided that he did not pose a danger of carrying out an attack. Security officials investigated him amid fears he might travel to Libya but the claims were found to lack credibility.

Dr Rakib Ehsan, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society and the report's author, told The Telegraph the released convicts represented a "serious risk pool" to UK security.

He said the case of  Saadallah "demonstrates how the UK's benevolence and altruism have been to its detriment".

“Even more worrying is the fact that there are foreign convicted terrorists who have been released from prison who are still walking the streets.”

READING, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Police guard an entrance to Forbury Gardens on June 21, 2020 in Reading, England. A lone attacker targeted groups of people socialising in Forbury Gardens stabbing them in the neck in what police are treating as a terror incident. Three people have died and three more injured and are in serious condition. Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTSPE) raided a block of flats in the city last night. A 25-year-old male Libyan National is in police custody. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Police guard an entrance to Forbury Gardens on June 21, 2020 in Reading. Getty