Cross-examination heard that supporters of Isis, who began a knife rampage in London 10 days after being released from prison, were associated with prominent terrorists in prison.
20-year-old Sudesh Amman stabbed two survivors on a high street in the London district before being shot dead by police on February 2, 2020.
His inquest heard that he had been detained in HMP Belmarsh since May 2018 after he was arrested and imprisoned for a previous terrorist crime.
Intelligence reports from a high-security prison showed that he was dating “prominent prisoners,” including Hashem Abedi, the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber.
While in prison, Amman told his mother that HMP Belmarsh was a “blessing.”
“This place is a blessing,” he added. “I used to ask Allah to give me good brothers and companions … he answered my prayers and put me here.”
Amman was initially arrested for planning a terrorist attack in May 2018, but was charged with misdemeanor for possessing and distributing terrorist publications.
Inquests have heard within HMP Belmarsh that he aloud his belief in jihadistism and said he would like to terrorize fellow prisoners or join Isis.
A month before his release, a handwritten pledge of allegiance to the leaders of Isis was found in his cell, and official assessments indicate that Amman is at high risk to the public and terrorist attacks on others. I have discovered that it may encourage you to do so.
The inquest heard that a senior police officer at the Metropolitan Police Department expressed concern about the release of Amman to prison officials and asked if he could extend his sentence for disciplinary action, but was told he could not.
A copy of the letter presented to the inquest quoted information that he heard Amman screaming in Arabic. [of Isis]”.
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He “openly expressed his strong aversion to non-Islamic people,” and stated his own desire to launch a terrorist attack, go to the afterlife, kill the Queen, become a suicide bomber, and join Isis.
The Metropolitan Police Department has expressed concern about his relationship with prominent terrorists, including Mohiussunath Chowdhury, a sword attacker at Buckingham Palace.
Chowdhury plans a second attack after being released from HMP Belmarsh in December 2018, talking to the undercover police of a “young and reliable brother” he met in prison and dreaming of a terrorist attack in London. The jury said he was.
Governor Jenny Lewis of Belmarsh said it was unclear whether police had informed the prison of Choudhry’s allegations or whether there was an investigation into whether the “brothers” were Amman.
“We did a lot of turmoil [between different parts of the prison]Ms. Lewis told the inquest. “Because of the comments he made, his involvement with others, this was someone who was trying to detain him in a truly unacceptable way.”
Prison intelligence also showed that Amman was trying to convert other prisoners to Islam and had them sign a “compact” pledge to stop their actions.
The agreement also said he would stop discussing Isis publicly, but he violated the requirements.
Amman was automatically released on January 23, 2020 and placed at Streatham’s probation service hostel, subject to curfew, electronic tags, and several license terms.
The cross-examination heard that Amman was soon subject to a “priority investigation” by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police Department.
He also had meetings with ideological and practical mentors, managed by probation services, explicit police forces.
Authorities had planned his release for several months as part of a public protection process by multiple agencies. This process was also used by Usman Khan, an attacker at Fish Mongers Hall.
When Amman launched the attack, four masked armed police officers were being tracked on foot, while others were in cars on the surrounding roads.
The inquest heard that he stole a knife from a store he visited two days ago without buying anything and escaped outside while being chased by armed police.
Within seconds, Amman stabbed the woman behind him outside the pub, shortly afterwards hitting the man with his torso. Both victims survived.
Amman stopped outside the boots chemist and continued running with a knife until he turned to the policeman. At that point he was shot twice by the police.
After a total of 62 seconds of attack, he was declared dead on the scene.
Like other terrorist attacks that previously took place at HMP Whitemoor Prison and Fish Mongers Hall, he wore a homemade fake suicide belt. The hearing continues.