Jailed preacher Anjem Choudary faces strict controls after release

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Source: The Guardian

BY Police and crime correspondent

Convicted Isis supporter Anjem Choudary will be in effect banned from any public statements after his release from prison this week, as British authorities seek to stop him from inciting support for terrorism.

British officials believe they have drafted conditions that will stop Choudary from repeating his method of drumming up support for extremism, which enabled him to escape prosecution for years even as his propaganda motivated at least 100 people to pursue terrorism.

He is scheduled for release from prison on Friday after serving half of the five-and-a-half-year sentence he received in 2016 for urging support for Isis and pledging allegiance to the terrorist group.

In prison, he was offered counselling to try to change the views that led to his conviction. It is not known if those efforts were successful, but his release halfway through his sentence shows that, despite his past pronouncements denouncing western authorities, he observed prison rules.

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