UK taxpayers will pay over two million pounds annually to monitor and “keep safe” a released Islamist, according to the Daily Mail.
Anjem Choudary was originally arrested in 2016 for being linked to 15 terror plots as well as encouraging Muslims to join ISIS; he will now be forced to follow strict conditions under a costly surveillance.
"Taxpayers will be stuck with the bill for funding the huge security operation needed to keep tabs on the Islamist,” reports Daily Mail. “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.”
Notable conditions Choudary must abide by include an evening curfew, banned communication with former associates, restricted movement, wearing a GPS tag, and a ban on visiting certain venues like the Mosque he used to frequent.
Additionally, the 51-year-old Islamist is set for release this Wednesday after serving half of his original sentence due to the alleged lack of exorbitant evidence called "multi-agency public protection arrangements" (MAPPA), according to UK’s Prisons Minister.
“We have to put a very rich, full, MAPPA wrap around [extremists like Choudary] that includes everything going all the way up to MI5,” said the minister. “That’s GPS trackers, that’s police, that’s intelligence, watching every movement of their lives and restricting it incredibly closely because I’m in no doubt that these people are highly dangerous.”
Choudary was the co-founder and leader of the terrorist group al-Muhajiroun whose followers included Khuram Butt, a member of the terror cell that killed eight people in the 2017 London Bridge terror attack.
Other disciples include Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who drove into 25-year-old Lee Rigby and butchered his unconscious body with a cleaver and knives back in 2013.
To this day, Choudary is regarded as “genuinely dangerous,” according to UK’s Prisons Minister.
“[Choudary] was not given a sentence of enormous length but is somebody who is a genuinely dangerous person,” said the Minister. “We will be watching him very, very carefully.”
“Even if [Islamists like Choudary] are not themselves making bombs, they are a completely pernicious influence on the people they come into contact with and they need to be kept away from them.”
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