Attorney-general George Brandis freed a convicted terrorist on parole just weeks before the Brighton siege

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Attorney-General George Brandis granted parole to convicted terrorist Mazen Touma, part of one the largest foiled terrorism plots in Australia, last month.

The decision was made prime minister Malcolm Turnbull made a call for action against state parole boards after Yacub Khayre, who was on parole, took a woman hostage and killed a man in an Islamic State-inspired attack.

Following the siege Turnbull questioned why Khayre had been granted parole when he was a known offender with “a long record of violence” and had “connections, at least in the past, with violent extremism”.

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Touma, 37, one of 18 men con­victed over the 2005 Pendennis terrorist conspiracy, has reportedly abandoned his radical beliefs and wants to work with authorities in deradicalising a new ­generation of Muslim youth.

He was released just over a month ago after serving 12 of a 14-year sentence.

Because Touma was sentenced under federal terrorism laws the decision to grant parole was up to the attorney-general, who said he was an example of successful deradicalisation.

“The decision to grant parole to Mazen Touma was made on the unanimous advice of the Australian Federal Police, the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT), Corrective Services NSW and the Attorney-General’s Department,” Senator Brandis told The Australian.

“Their clear advice was that Mr Touma did not present a threat to community safety and no longer had radical views.”

The Australian has more.

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