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How a convicted jihadist gamed the system to bring terror to London

His imprisonment had given him ample opportunity to learn to hoodwink authorities and go on a killing spree

Steve Bird, Martin Evans and Greg Wilford

When Usman Khan put pen to paper from his cell at Belmarsh Prison seven years ago, he begged for the chance to “prove” he no longer harboured extremist Islamic views or posed a threat to the British public.

Insisting his conviction for being part of a terror cell that planned to bomb the London Stock Exchange stemmed from mere immaturity, he added: “Now I am much more mature and want to live my life as a good Muslim and also a good citizen of Britain.”

Khan’s letter pleading to join a Home Office “de-radicalisation course” was the start of his plan to hoodwink the British authorities and ultimately commit terrorism on the streets of London...

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