In September 2016, infamous and dangerous Imam Anjem Choudary was sentenced to five years in prison for recruiting individuals to join ISIS and carry out jihad against "infidels" in the west. Before his loyalty to ISIS, Choudary praised Osama bin Laden for carrying out the September 11 attacks.
Next week Choudary will be released from prison early on a technicality. He's served less than half of his sentence and is still considered a serious threat.
From the Telegraph:
Anjem Choudary, the notorious Islamist hate preacher, will be released from jail next month despite a chilling warning from the justice minister that he remained “genuinely dangerous”.
Choudary, 51, is due to be freed within weeks after serving half of a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence for encouraging Muslims to join Islamic State.
The Government admitted on Tuesday it was powerless to prevent Choudary from being released on licence. Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, said that the preacher was “a deeply pernicious, destabilising influence”.
Mr Stewart, in an interview, added: “He is... somebody who is a genuinely dangerous person. We will be watching him very carefully.”
At the time he was jailed in 2016, Choudary had been linked to 15 terror plots dating back almost 20 years and connections to hundreds of British jihadists who fled to Syria to fight.
Outrage over his release has already ensued.
Few people will be more concerned by Anjem Choudary’s release than Ilford’s Muslim community. We don’t want him back in our borough. He belongs behind bars. https://t.co/1GfvUZsfcL— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) September 12, 2018
Anjem Choudary is responsible for sending dozens of young men to fight with Islamic State, He radicalised hundreds more and is linked to several terrorist plots. The UK legal system continues to show tolerance towards the most intolerant extremists.https://t.co/s6jWyUjJwi— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) September 12, 2018
RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: If Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary is still 'genuinely dangerous', keep him in jail https://t.co/lav9ROZ9pf— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) September 14, 2018
Mind Boggling: Islamist figure Anjem #Choudary is due to be freed after serving less than 3 years of a 5.5 year sentence for encouraging Muslims to join #IslamicState. This is despite police blaming him for inspiring many of this country’s worst terrorists.https://t.co/8c74Td52Ja— Olivier Guitta (@OlivierGuitta) September 11, 2018