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UK police fears tensions on release of jailed radical imam

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Britain's are preparing for the release of a Pakistani-origin radical Islamist imam from jail later this year, fearing heightened community tensions.

UK-born who was jailed at the in London in September 2016 for radical preaching and urging Muslims to support the terrorist group (ISIS), is expected to be released on licence, or under surveillance, in October.

The 51-year-old is reportedly being held in a "separation centre" at Her (HMP) Frankland in County Durham, with the release expected at the half-way mark of his five-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

"It is likely to encourage some of his followers to become more vocal and defiant in their extremist behaviour," 'The Sunday Times' quoted a source as saying.

"The police are watching far-right and Islamist networks around the country, and we're reassuring the Muslim community that we're taking pre-emptive steps to clamp down on disorder," the source said.

A told the newspaper the licence conditions had not been decided but were likely to be tough: "He'll certainly be watched day and night by the "

Choudary, who led the Islamist group Al Muhajiroun until it was proscribed by the government in 2010, was accused of pledging an oath of allegiance to the leader,

In his sentencing remarks, Justice Holroyde described Choudary as "dangerous" and "more calculating" than his fellow Islamist Mohammed Rahman, who was also jailed for five-and-a-half years for supporting

Among Choudary's many UK followers is Indian-origin fighter, Siddhartha Dhar, dubbed as "Jihadi Sid" by the UK media, who went on to become one of the senior commanders of the group in

The British Hindu who converted to and adopted the name Abu Rumaysah, had skipped police bail in the UK to travel to with his wife and young children in 2014.

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First Published: Sun, May 27 2018. 17:55 IST