Anjem Choudary moved to specialist new 'jihadi jail' unit for extremists
Britain’s most notorious Islamist hate preacher has been transferred to a specialist secure unit amid fears he is radicalising fellow inmates. Anjem Choudary has reportedly become the first known Islamist to be moved to a “separation centre” at HMP Frankland in County Durham. The centres, also known as “jihadi jails”, were proposed after a review into prison extremism recommended preachers and terrorists who tried to convert or incite others should be kept separate from mainstream prisoners. Anjem Choudary, protests in support of Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, in 2012 Credit: LUKE MACGREGOR/Reuters Choudary was jailed for five years and six months at the Old Bailey in September for drumming up support for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). He was moved to the centre after he refused to stop preaching his extremist views despite being warned by prison authorities, the Sunday Times reported. HMP Frankland is the first of three units to be built. Others will follow at HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, and HMP Full Sutton, in Yorkshire. Between them, the three centres will hold 28 “of the most subversive offenders,” the Ministry of Justice said. Anjem Choudary terrorist network M A spokesman said: “Some of the most dangerous and radicalised extremists are now being housed in the government’s first specialist centre at HMP Frankland - helping stem the flow of radicalisation behind bars and preventing their influence over others. “Offenders are placed in the specialist centres if they are involved in planning terrorism or are considered to pose a risk to national security. “Those seeking to influence others to commit terrorist crimes, or whose extremist views are purposely undermining good order and security in the prison estate, may also be placed in the centre.” The Ministry of Justice refused to identify prisoners in Frankland's separation centre. There are currently more than 130 convicted Islamist terrorists in UK jails, with numbers having risen sharply in recent years. Ian Acheson, who led the Government’s own review into the issue, said in May that Islamist extremism is such a growing menace inside British prisons that it now represents a “clear and present danger” to national security. The former prison governor said his work had concluded that unless there was a change to the way prisons were run, a terrorist incident, possibly broadcast live online, was likely inside a jail. His review had found overstretched prison staff were not able to spot or confront extremism, and in many cases were reluctant to, for fear they would be accused of racism, he said.