Vastavam web: Britain’s high-security prison units created to house the country’s most dangerous convicted terrorists, dubbed as “jihadi jails”, are going empty as the Prison Service fears being legally challenged on human rights grounds. Fewer than half the jail cells created to hold Britain’s most dangerous Islamist terrorists are occupied, despite an unprecedented threat from Islamist extremists, according to The Sunday Times.
The Prison Service is failing to lock up terrorists in the “separation centres” created for them, because it fears being sued for breaching their “human rights”, the report quoted prison sources as saying. While there are more than 160 convicted terrorists in prison, only seven, including the notorious Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary, have been moved to the units. The units were created to house those who pose a significant “national security threat” and were introduced after an investigation into prison extremism commissioned in 2015.
The UK’s Prison and Probation Service guidelines say referrals to hold prisoners in the separation units must be “legally defensible”. The HMP Woodhill centre in Milton Keynes has six cells and had been due to open this month but is still empty.