Taxpayers will be hit with a £2million-a-year bill to protect notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
The 51-year-old could be released on Wednesday this week from the maximum-security Frankland Prison in County Durham after serving less than half of his five-and-a-half-year sentence.
He was jailed in 2016 for publicly supporting the
But taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for funding the huge security operation needed to keep tabs on the Islamist, according to
The 51-year-old could be released on Wednesday this week from the maximum-security Frankland Prison in County Durham after serving less than half of his five-and-a-half-year sentence
Choudary could be released as early as this week from the maximum-security Frankland Prison in County Durham after serving less than half his five-and-a-half-year sentence
Choudary will be forced to abide by 25 separate conditions while out on licence, and the costs for keeping him safe are likely to exceed £2million a year.
The limits on his movement are thought to include an evening curfew, the wearing of a GPS electronic tag and a ban on visiting specific venues such as Regent’s Park Mosque in Central London, where he used to worship.
He will also be banned from communicating with a number of his former associates.
Choudary, led the banned terror organisation Al-Muhajiroun, whose disciples included London Bridge attacker Khuram Butt and the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby – Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
‘Toxic’: Anjem Choudary was jailed in 2016 for publicly supporting the Islamic State
Even days before his release Choudary was still costing taxpayers even more cash.
His court case has cost more than £140,000 and an appeal against his original conviction cost £4,200.
It comes after it was revealed UN Security Council powers will be used to hit Choudary with an asset freeze and travel ban – and even force him to be subject to its ‘arms embargo provisions’
The move, carried out with the close co-operation of French President Emmanuel Macron’s government, means that each UN member state is legally obliged to freeze his financial assets, prevent him from entering their countries and stop any weapons reaching him.
It is believed that such draconian measures have only once been used before in Britain – and on that occasion the subject was Abu Hamza al-Masri, the hook-handed Egyptian cleric who preached Islamic fundamentalism and militant Islam from Finsbury Park Mosque in London before being extradited to America in 2012 and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
A senior Government source said of the UN action against Choudary: ‘This is a great coup for Jeremy and for Britain and shows we are serious about taking all necessary action to destroy Islamic State and its tentacles around the globe.
To be continued
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