[247A Restricted eligibility for release on licence of terrorist prisoners]

[247A  Restricted eligibility for release on licence of terrorist prisoners]

[(1)     This section applies to a prisoner (a “terrorist prisoner”) who—

(a)     is serving a fixed-term sentence imposed (whether before or after this section comes into force) in respect of an offence within subsection (2), and

(b)     has not been released on licence.

(2)     An offence is within this subsection ([whenever it was committed]) if—

[(a)     it is specified in Part 1 or 2 of Schedule 19ZA (terrorism offences punishable with imprisonment for life or for more than two years),]

[(b)     it is a service offence as respects which the corresponding civil offence is so specified, or

(c)     it was determined to have a terrorist connection.]

(c)     it is a service offence as respects which the corresponding civil offence is an offence specified in Part 2 of that Schedule and was determined by the service court to have had a terrorist connection under section 32 of that Act [or section 69 of the Sentencing Code as applied by section 238(6) of the Armed Forces Act 2006] (sentences for certain offences with a terrorist connection: armed forces).

[(2A)     Subsections (3) to (5) apply unless the terrorist prisoner's sentence was imposed—

(a)     under section 226A or 226B or under section 254, 266, 268A, 279 or 282A of the Sentencing Code (extended sentence or serious terrorism sentence for dangerous offenders),

(b)     on or after the day on which section 27 of the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021 comes into force, and

(c)     in respect of an offence that—

(i

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