November 29, 2019 / 10:34 PM / 8 days ago

PM Johnson says important to enforce terrorism sentences after London Bridge attack

FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson adjusts his tie as he visits Chulmleigh College while campaigning in Devon ahead of the upcoming general election, in Chulmleigh, Britain November 28, 2019. Dan Kitwood Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was important to enforce terrorism-related sentences, as The Times newspaper reported that a London knife attacker had been convicted of an “Islamist terrorism-related offence” and released from prison about a year ago.

“It is a mistake to allow serious and violent criminals to come out of prison early and it is very important that we get out of that habit and that we enforce the appropriate sentences for dangerous criminals, especially for terrorists,” Johnson said.

Britons head to the polls on Dec. 12 to elect a new government.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Mike Collett-White

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