ISLAMIST hate preacher Anjem Choudary has been freed from prison after serving just HALF of a five-and-a-half-year sentence for pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
Choudary, 51 inspired countless British jihadists to carry out attacks in the UK.
His release will cost taxpayers a whopping £2m a year to protect him and the 51-year-old will need protection from far-right groups, who are reportedly plotting to target him.
He is also linked to extremist groups and responsible for motivating at least 100 people from Britain to pursue terrorism, including the murder of Lee Rigby.
Choudary was released from Belmarsh prison in south-east London on Friday morning.
British Intelligence sources say his groups were at the heart of the Radical Islamist problem in Britain.
The UK’s terror threat level is “severe” threat of jihadi attack according to Mi5.
Islamists connected to Choudary and his groups who turned to terrorism include Michael Adebolajo, one of the men who murdered the soldier Lee Rigby on a London street in 2013.
He is also linked more plots, and encouraged youngsters to flee to join Isis in Syria.
Choudary told his supporters to obey Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an Isis leader, and travel to Syria to support Isis or “the caliphate”.
On the ninth anniversary of the London terror attacks on 7 July 2014 , Choudary posted an oath of allegiance online under their kunyas or Islamic names, Abu Luqman, used by Choudary.
Authorities have been making preparations to stop him from inciting support for terrorism and he will in be banned from making any public statements or speaking with the media.
Before the release, the prisons minister, Rory Stewart, said Choudary, from Ilford in east London, remained a “genuinely dangerous” figure and that the “completely pernicious” cleric would be watched “very, very carefully” by police and security services.
Former Met Head Mark Rowley said: “At the end of the day he is a pathetic groomer of others. That is what he has done in the past. He is not some sort of evil genius we all need to be afraid of,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“I think we have to recognise that radicalisers look to generate a profile, look to prey on the vulnerable and we need to be thoughtful about how we report their activity.”
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.