Expert on Islamic extremism says he was ignored on prison dangers

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Expert on Islamic extremism says he warned Michael Gove terrorist prisoners like London Bridge attacker Usman Khan were being treated with 'jaw-dropping naivety' only for ministers to ignore him Ian Acheson said he had warned of 'serious gaps' in managing terrorist prisoners He now warns there was little sign of 'any tangible progress' since 2016 review Usman Khan left prison in December 2018 and murdered two people on Friday 

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

Published: 15:42 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 15:58 GMT, 1 December 2019

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Warning: Former prison governor Ian Acheson (pictured) said there was little sign of progress in managing extremist prisoners

Warning: Former prison governor Ian Acheson (pictured) said there was little sign of progress in managing extremist prisoners

A former prison governor who wrote a major review on Islamic extremism in jails said he warned the government that inmates such as London Bridge terrorist Usman Khan were being treated with 'jaw-dropping naivety', only for many of his recommendations to be ignored. 

Ian Acheson said he had warned then-justice secretary Michael Gove about 'serious gaps' in the management of terrorist prisoners. 

But writing in The Sunday Times, Mr Acheson said there was little sign of 'any tangible progress' since his report was published in 2016. 

The treatment of terror prisoners has come rushing back into the political agenda after Usman Khan, who was released from prison in 2018, killed two people and injured three others in a knife rampage on Friday.  

Khan was one of nine jihadists jailed over a plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange in 2012. 

After the Court of Appeal quashed the indefinite jail term he was originally given, Khan was handed a fixed-term sentence and released in 2018. 

In his article, Mr Acheson raised questions over whether the risks should have been spotted while Khan was in prison.  

Advice: Mr Acheson said he told Michael Gove (pictured), who was then the justice secretary, about 'serious gaps' in the management of terrorist offenders

Advice: Mr Acheson said he told Michael Gove (pictured), who was then the justice secretary, about 'serious gaps' in the management of terrorist offenders 

Mr Acheson warned there were

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