Ex­trem­ist Choudary is guilty

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BRI­TISH-born rad­i­cal preacher An­jem Choudary, who has spent the past 20 years spread­ing ex­trem­ist views, is fac­ing jail af­ter be­ing found guilty of drum­ming up sup­port for ISIS.

The 49-year-old Mus­lim en­cour­aged back­ing for the ter­ror­ist group in a se­ries of talks posted on YouTube, the Old Bai­ley heard.

De­spite be­ing a leader fig­ure in the banned ex­trem­ist group al-Muha­jiroun, Choudary stayed on the right side of the law for two decades.

He now faces 10 years in prison, although judge ad­mit­ted: “There is very lit­tle in the way of prece­dent in the way of sen­tenc­ing.”

Choudary and Mo­hammed Miza­nur Rah­man, 33, were found guilty of invit­ing sup­port for ISIS be­tween June 29 2014 and March 6 2015.

Po­lice pounced af­ter Choudary, along with three other in­flu­en­tial rad­i­cals, lent their names to an oath of al­le­giance to ISIS.

The trial heard the preacher’s sup­port­ers in­cluded the mur­der­ers of sol­dier Lee Rigby.

Choudary, of Il­ford, and Rah­man, of Whitechapel, east Lon­don, will be sen­tenced next month.

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