Anjem Choudary will face further punishment after jail sentence ends, says barrister

Anjem Choudary: 'This offence shows there is a limit to the freedom on speech', says barrister

Anjem Choudary was sentenced this week

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Anjem Choudary's jail sentence isn't the end of his punishment, according to a leading lawyer.

Max Hardy was speaking to talkRADIO after the hate preacher was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for pledging allegiance to Isis online and encouraging others to do the same.

Specialist regulatory and criminal barrister Hardy told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Choudary, who was convicted alongside his accomplice Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, will have restrictions placed upon him even after serving his time in prison.

"He will be subject to a 15-year notification order, what that means is upon release he will have a number of requirements imposed on him," Hardy explained.

Anyone subject to a notification order is required to inform the police of their whereabouts and keep their key personal details constantly updated with the authorities. They may also be subject to foreign travel restrictions.

Hardy also said the sentence constitutes a line in the sand for freedom of speech.

"For a very long time he [Choudary] has been trying to tread this tightrope where he did not fall foul of the law," Hardy said.

"This is a particular offence which said 'there is a limit to [the freedom of speech].'"

Hardy also suggested he "would be very surprised if the attorney general referred this case to the court of Appeal. There is as yet no definitive sentencing guideline for terrorism offences."

Listen to the full interview to find out more