Radical preacher Anjem Choudary released from prison

Anjem Choudary

Friday, October 19, 2018

A radical preacher who was convicted of inviting support for the Islamic State terror group has now been released from prison.

Fifty-one-year-old Anjem Choudary, a former solicitor, was once a leading figure in the now-banned group al-Muhajiroun, and was jailed in 2016.

He was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison but was due for automatic release after reaching the halfway point.

It is understood that Mr Choudary was taken from the high security Belmarsh prison in south-east London early this morning.

 

 

Following his release, he will be subject to strict supervision, with the police and MI5 expected to be among a host of agencies involved in monitoring him in the community.

He will receive regular visits from a supervising probation officer and will not be allowed to leave the UK without permission.

In addition, Mr Choudary will be subject to a bespoke package of further measures while on licence.

These are expected to include: electronic tagging; a night-time curfew; requirements to stay within a set area and only attend pre-approved mosques; a ban on contacting individuals who he knows or believes to have been charged with or convicted of extremist-related offences without prior approval; and restrictions relating to internet use and mobile device ownership.

Any breach of licence conditions can result in immediate return to custody.

 

'Everyone is distraught'

WATCH: Alan Mendoza talks about Anjem Choudary's release

Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer about Mr Choudary's release, Alan Mendoza from foreign policy think tank the Henry Jackson Society, said the law was "an ass".

"I think everyone is distraught at the idea that he is out and that he can be out, and there's nothing legally to stop him being out," Mr Mendoza said.

"He was responsible for radicalising hundreds of people in Syria, committing terrorist offences here, and he remains dangerous, which is why he's got these extraordinary measures being imposed on him as he comes out."