Jihadis should do lie detector tests before leaving jail, terror watchdog says

Jihadis should do lie detector tests before they are freed from jail, the terrorism watchdog says.

Jonathan Hall QC, the independent reviewer of terror law, said there was no evidence deradicalisation schemes worked.

He said: “Terrorists are deceptive like sex offenders. It’s well documented.

“You get people who will say things just because they know that’s what people want to hear. And this is a really tricky issue.’’

Mr Hall said though there was no harm in offering religious mentoring schemes, the public should be under “no illusion” they may not work.

He added: “There is no magic bullet, there is no special pill you can take that de-radicalises people whether they’re coming back from overseas from Syria or being released from prison.

“It’s a pretty difficult, complex and fraught process. You can’t tell the public that you can place someone with a theological mentor and they’ll come out the other side. It’s far more difficult than that.”

He backed Government plans to make released terrorists take polygraph tests.

His comments come as some Brits who joined Islamic State are battling to be allowed to return to the UK.

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Government schemes include Prevent, to stop people being drawn into extremism, and Channel for those already involved.

The Desistance and Disengagement Programme offers education, training and religious support to convicted terrorists and returned jihadis.

Usman Khan – who killed two in a London Bridge knife rampage – was on the DDP scheme after being freed from jail.

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