NEW laws to keep convicted terrorists behind bars for longer have been passed today – just in time to block one from getting out in days.
Emergency legislation was put forward after the Streatham terror attack earlier this month – when 20-year-old Sudesh Amman stabbed two people just a week after he was released from prison.
And Sunderland shopkeeper Mohammed Zahir Khan, 42, was expected to be released on 28 February after serving half of his sentence for encouraging terrorism.
He was caged for four and half years in 2018 for sharing messages and material in support of ISIS – including boasting about chopping off the heads of enemies.
He wrote: “NOTHING wrong with chopping off heads of your enemies.”
Khan later added: “Welcome to the year of fear. IS will make this year the DEADLIEST EVER. Mr Kuffar [infidel] prepare for REAL WAR.”
But thanks to new anti-terror laws, which have received Royal Assent today, he will be kept behind bars.
Five other offenders were set to be released in March.
And no terrorist offender will be released before the end of their sentence unless the Parole Board agrees they are safe to come out.
And last year Usman Khan killed two in the London Bridge terror attack after being let out early too.
Boris Johnson vowed to end the automatic early release system during the election campaign.
Around 50 terrorists will now longer be let out halfway through their sentences automatically, thanks to the changes.
The Government has rushed through the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill through Parliament, and it was signed off by the Lords earlier this week.
Other depraved terrorists due to be released in the coming weeks, according to the Henry Jackson Society, include Mohammed Khilji, who was jailed for five years in 2018 after being found guilty of sharing beheading videos and giving advice on how to make a car bomb.