Rad­i­cal preacher head­ing for prison

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

An­jem Choudary is ac­cused of rad­i­cal­is­ing young Mus­lims in the UK.

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