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Radical cleric Anjem Choudary, a long-time thorn for British authorities, was released from prison yesterday, having served half his sentence for encouraging support for the Daesh group, British media reported.
Having been released from Belmarsh prison near London, the 51-year-old was jailed for five-and-a-half years in 2016, and will serve the rest of his sentence under strict supervision orders.
.He is expected to return to his home in Ilford, east of London, although will not be able to use any Internet-enabled devices without permission, the BBC reported.
Other restrictions are reported to include bans on leaving Britain without permission and on attending certain mosques and he will only be allowed to meet with people approved by the police.
Choudary is the former head in Britain of Islam4UK or Al-MuHajjiroun, a now-banned group co-founded by Omar Bakri Muhammad that called for Islamic law in the UK.
For two decades, the former lawyer of Pakistani descent stayed on the wrong side of the law, becoming Britain’s most prominent radical preacher.
Among those radicalized by MuHajjiroun were the suicide bombers who killed 52 people on London’s public transport system in July 2005, and the men who murdered soldier Lee Rigby in the capital in 2013, police say.
Choudary and his co-defendant Mohammed Rahman were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command on September 25, 2014.
-Source: Arab News