Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary will pose a “genuinely dangerous” threat to public safety when he is released from jail next month, the Prisons Minister warned today.

Rory Stewart said Choudary remained a “deeply pernicious, destabilising influence”, whom MI5 and police would have to “watch like a hawk” to stop him from inciting further violence.

Choudary, 51, is due to be freed after serving less than three years of a five-and-a-half-year sentence for encouraging Muslims to join Islamic State. This is despite police blaming him for inspiring many of this country’s worst terrorists.

London Bridge attacker Khuram Butt was one of his acolytes, as were the killers of soldier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

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