Radical British preacher Anjem Choudary, who was jailed for inviting support for the ISIS group, was released on Friday morning. Choudary was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison in 2016. The 51-year-old controversial preacher will not serve the remaining term of his sentence under strict supervision.
He was convicted at the Old Bailey court in London in July 2016.
A report by Sky News said that Choudary was not returning home and has instead been taken to a secure bail hostel in an undisclosed location.
A BBC report said that when an offender is released at the midway point of their sentence, the rest is spent in the community ‘on licence.’
He will not be free but must comply with a list of conditions. If he breaches them, he risks being recalled to prison. Choudary, from Ilford in east London, will be supervised under the government’s Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Mappa).
The preacher, who had backed the ISIS in an oath of allegiance published online, was imprisoned alongside his 33-year-old aide Mohammed Rahman, also sentenced to five years and six months in prison.
Among Choudary’s followers was one of the five attackers who stormed a cafe in Bangladesh capital Dhaka in July and killed 22 people, including an Indian girl. All the attackers were killed by security forces.
Also, among his many UK followers is Indian-origin ISIS fighter Siddhartha Dhar, dubbed as ‘Jihadi Sid’ by the UK media, believed to be among the senior commanders of the ISIS.
The British Hindu, who converted to Islam and went by the name Abu Rumaysah, had skipped police bail in the UK to travel to Syria with his wife and young children in 2014