Britain jails cleric Choudary for IS support
RADICAL cleric Anjem Choudary, long a thorn in the side of British authorities, has been jailed for five-anda-half years after being convicted of encouraging support for Islamic State (IS) jihadists.
Supporters of the 49-year-old and his co-defendant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman – who received the same sentence – shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) from the public gallery as the judge announced his decision, according to an AFP journalist.
Judge Timothy Holroyde, in the ruling handed down at the Old Bailey court, said Choudary was “calculating and dangerous” and had shown no remorse.
Dressed in a white robe, Mr Choudary showed no emotion as the sentence was passed.
Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said the men “certainly had an influence in radicalising others, poisoning the mind of people in the communities”.
“They were certainly in contact with terrorists overseas,” he added outside court. –