Radical preacher heading for prison
BRITISH cleric Anjem Choudary, who has long been accused of radicalising young Muslims, faced jail after being convicted of encouraging support for the Islamic State jihadist group.
The 49-year-old and his co-defendant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33, used a series of talks posted on YouTube to invite backing for the group, and pledged their allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
They were convicted of support for a proscribed terrorist organisation following a trial in London last month and remain in custody.
Legal restrictions meant the verdict could not be made public until now.
Choudary is the former head in Britain of Islam4UK or al-Muhajiroun, a now banned group co-founded by Omar Bakri Muhammad.
The former lawyer. who is of Pakistani descent, had managed to stay on the right side of the law in Britain for two decades.
Judge Timothy Holroyde on August 16 accused the two men of showing “a grudging compliance” to the legal system, adding, “You have made your disregard for the court abundantly plain.”
Among those radicalised by Mr Muhajiroun were the suicide bombers who killed 52 people on London’s public transport system in July 2005. –
Anjem Choudary is accused of radicalising young Muslims in the UK.