Video: Abu Qatada supporters post hate sermons
Qatada (aka Omar Othman), once described by Spanish counterterrorism judge Baltasar Garzon as bin Laden's "spiritual ambassador in Europe", was released from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire on Monday night and will wear an electronic tag.
In some of the tightest restrictions on bail imposed in Britain, he is also banned from using the internet or telephone.
The Jordanian citizen is wanted on terrorism charges in Jordan, where he was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment, and in Algeria, the US, Belgium, Spain, France, Germany and Italy.
German authorities investigating the Hamburg cell of al-Qaeda found his tapes in the home of Mohamed Atta, who flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11.
Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker of 9/11, who was prevented from taking part only because he was already under arrest, and Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a Paris-Miami plane with a bomb in his shoe, are both said to have been inspired by Qatada.
Last month, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled he could not be deported to Jordan - where he faces terror charges - without assurances from Amman that evidence gained through torture would not be used against him.
And in the weeks leading up to his release, Qatada’s supporters have started up support groups on social media websites and posted sermons celebrating his release.
But several of the videos could be construed as stirring up hatred against non-Muslims and glorifying terrorism. (...)