LONDON – A radical Islamist preacher convicted in 2016 of inspiring support for the Islamic State and as a result of a British prison official as "genuinely dangerous"
The preacher, Anjem Choudary, 51, was released from the belmarsh high-security jail in london and moved on to a probation hostel, where he will spend at least six months.
Earlier this week, Frankland Prison in the northeast on automatic parole after serving half of his five-and-a-half year sentence for inspiring Britons to join the Islamic State terrorist group, The former York Times.
The stringent rules will be enforced by the police and security services , the former counterterrorism detective familiar with the arrangement said.
David Videcette, a former counterterrorism detective who was investigating the July 7, 2005, terror attacks in London, said in an interview that Mr. Choudary was dangerous because he had a "particularly violent" network and what was "especially good" at recruiting extremists.
"There was not any time when I was researching individuals and extremists. t connected to him, "he said.
Before his release on Friday, Mr. Choudary was placed on a United Nations sanctions list. Last month, the prison's minister, Rory Stewart, warned that Mr Choudary's release would pose a "genuinely dangerous" threat to public safety because of his "deeply pernicious, destabilizing influence."
Mr. Stewart told The Evening Standard newspaper that she would like to "watch him like a hawk."
Mr. Choudary, a former lawyer and leader of a banned extremist group, played 20 years after he was accused, along with an associate, Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, of pledging allegiance to the Leader of the Islamic State , known as ISIS, in social media posts.
The oath was circulated online on the ninth anniversary of the 7/7 terrorist attacks. Mr. Choudary was arrested in 2014, charged with inciting support for the Islamic State and Convicted in 2016 in London's central criminal court for inviting support for the militant group.
Before his conviction, Mr. Choudary led the extremist group Al-Muhajiroun, which has inspired more than 100 Britons to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and has since split into smaller groups that have incited terrorism, counterterrorism officials say.
Khalid Masood a group of pedestrians in Westminster in 2017, which means a member of Al-Muhajiroun. The Islamic State described Mr. Masood as a disciple and a hero for the deadly assault carried out in the shadow of Big Ben.
Mr. Choudary's wife, Rubana Akhtar, 43, currently runs the female wing of Al-Muhajiroun and is under investigation for 18 months of Islamic State ideology emerged online. The investigation was concluded last month after that.
Mr. Choudary has always denied the accusations that he incited or glorified acts of terrorism. But he had long been infamous in Britain for praising the men behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attack in the United States; for refusing to condemn the London bombings of 2005;
His rhetoric has fueled far-right extremism and support for anti-Muslim activists like Tommy Robinson, experts say
"No other British citizen has had so much influence over so many terrorists as Choudary – we've tracked over 120 Nick Lowles, the chief executive of the British anti-racist watchdog group, said in a statement.
Analysts have warned that Mr. Choudary will leave unreformed, and that his conviction will only bolster his reputation within his network.
"Those convicted of terrorism-related offenses should not be eligible for automatic early release," ar eport on Mr. Choudary's probation by the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-conservative think tank in Britain, concluded. "Procedures need to be in place, the risk of individual poses is assessed before parole is granted."
Mr. Videocette said that it would not be necessary to change it, as it does in court, to be fully in extremists like Mr. Choudary.
"As soon as this license finishes and extreme conditions drop off, he Mr. Videcette said. "It's 10 times harder to convict him."