A TERRORIST who stabbed two strangers before being shot dead didn’t have to die and could have been arrested days before, his family said.
ISIS fanatic Sudesh Amman, 20, was shot dead by cops in February 2020 after he went on a bloody rampage with a stolen 10-inch knife on a busy London street.
ISIS fanatic Sudesh Amman was shot dead by cops in February 2020[/caption]
Cops search the scene after Amman was shot[/caption]
Having recently been released from prison, Amman was under MI5 surveillance by police at the time of the attack and he was shot dead by cops.
An inquest into his death is due to begin today at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
At a pre-inquest hearing held last month, Amman’s family asked if cops could have arrested him rather than killing him.
The Amman family’s lawyer Rajiv Menon told the hearing: “We will be making the point that the police knew more than enough to effect an arrest and should have done so.”
The family objects to a statement made by a police officer known as HA6 which said police “could not effect an arrest” – however Mr Menon said cops “knew the day before that Amman had bought items that could be used to make a fake suicide vest”.
Amman was under surveillance when he bought the items and made a fake suicide vest while living in a hostel under probation.
A day later he went on his brutal stabbing spree.
Jonathan Hough QC, for the coroner, said Amman had acted “entirely alone”.
Mr Hough added: “There is no evidence he did anything in public to prepare for the attack that were not observed.”
“This is not a case of signs being missed. It is difficult to imagine a higher grade response, short of arrest and you will be aware of what HA6 says about why that was not feasible.”
In November 2018, Sudesh Amman pleaded guilty to possessing terrorist documents and disseminating terrorist publications.
The following month, he was sentenced to more than three years in prison.
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However, he was released from Belmarsh jail in January 2020 – after serving just 14 months – as he had reached the automatic release point.
In February last year, after strapping a fake bomb to his body, Amman attacked shoppers on Streatham High Road, stabbing a man and a woman.
A third person suffered minor injuries caused by shattered glass when cops opened fire.