Anjem Choudary – described as one of the most notoriously dangerous Islamic hate preachers in Britain – has been released from prison. The cost of keeping him under surveillance following his release is expected to exceed £2million a year.
Telegraph The notorious hate preacher was released from Belmarsh prison in south east London after reaching the midway point of his five-and-a-half year sentence. Choudary, 51, was jailed in 2016 after being caught swearing an oath of allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
He was given five and a half years in jail, but under sentencing rules became eligible for release under licence after serving half of that term. But his release has sparked condemnation as ministers have admitted he remains “genuinely dangerous.”
Choudary, looking very smug (below), held a staged photo call outside the hostel, stepping onto the front steps to pose for just over a minute for the dozen photographers who had been waiting in the street.
Choudary now faces 25 strict conditions, which include a ban on talking to children and using the internet. He will also be required to report to supervisors throughout the day to prevent him travelling out of London.
The conditions Choudary must obey also include:
- A ban from preaching at or attending certain mosques
- He will only be allowed to associate with people who have been approved by the authorities
- He will be allowed only one phone and is banned from using an internet-enabled device without permission
- Use of the internet will be supervised
- He will not be able to leave the UK without permission.
He is expected to remain in the probation hostel for up to six months before being allowed to return to his family home under tight restrictions. (A home fully paid for by British taxpayers)
Choudary had his assets frozen and was listed on a global record of known terrorists, overseen by the United Nations Security Council. He has been described by counter-terrorism officers as a “hardened dangerous terrorist” and someone who has had a “huge influence on Islamist extremism in this country.”
Katie Hopkins gets a less than warm welcome when she shows up at Choudary’s bail hostel where he is to remain for six months.