Concerns raised over Anjem Choudary being housed in Camden near Jewish Museum
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Concerns raised over Anjem Choudary being housed in Camden near Jewish Museum

Security chiefs say they 'understand why people will be worried about his presence' but add that he's being monitored closely by authorities

British preacher Anjem Choudary. Photo credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
British preacher Anjem Choudary. Photo credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Community security officials said they “understand why people will be worried”, after it emerged that radical  hate preacher Anjem Choudary was living near Jewish community organisations.

Once a leading figure in the now banned group al-Muhajiroun, Choudary, was jailed in 2016 after he was convicted of inviting support for Islamic State.

The preacher, 51, is reportedly living within close proximity of the Jewish Museum London and ORT UK offices in Camden.

After readers spotted the him in the area, a Community Security Trust spokesperson said people’s concerns about his presence were “valid”, adding that they “understand why people will be worried about his presence in the area, but it seems like he’ll be monitored closely.”

Following his release, Choudary was placed in a probation hostel and will have to comply with more than 20 licence conditions.

There are a number of standard requirements he’s subject to, including maintaining good behaviour, receiving visits from and keeping in contact with his supervising probation officer, and not travelling outside the UK without prior permission.

In addition, Choudary will be subject to a package of further measures while on licence, including electronic tagging; a night-time curfew; requirements to stay within a set area and only attend pre-approved mosques; and restrictions relating to internet use and mobile device ownership, as well as contact with known extremists.

Any breach of licence conditions can result in immediate return to custody.

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