The UK government is about to open a “terrorist only” wing in one of its jails for the first time, a decision that has been likened to setting up a British version of the US military’s notorious military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Frankland jail in Durham is earmarked to host criminals with extremist views and prevent them from influencing other prisoners, the Guardian reported Friday.
The decision was taken after police claimed that Khalid Masood, the man behind the recent terror attack that killed four and hurt dozens in London, had an “an abrupt religious conversion” while in Lewes prison, East Sussex.
As category A prison, Frankland is already home to some of the UK’s most deranged criminals and terror suspects, the report added. The government wants to create the first “prison within a prison” to separate the extremists from the rest of the prisoners.
The plan falls in line with the findings of a new government report that concluded Britain’s “most subversive extremist prisoners” should be jailed separately to tackle the “growing problem” of impacting other prisoners.