Courts give Anjem Choudary bail until trial next year

Justice Saunders has confirmed that controversial cleric Anjem Choudary and his co-accused Mohammed Rahman will be given bail until their trial to be held in 2016.

The pair have both been remanded in custody at Belmarsh Trial but their legal teams asked for bail to be granted if certain conditions were met. The judge agreed and the conditions include not posting on social media or owning a device which can connect to the Internet. Additional conditions include not engaging with worshippers at prayers and not being in a group of more than two family members outside of the mosque.

Justice Saunders said during the pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey:

“While I accept the points made by the prosecution, they are both men who are settled in this country. They have families to support and with the conditions that are suggested I think it is unlikely that they will attempt to abscond”.