FREED: Hate preacher who in­spired Isis ex­e­cu­tioner

The Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Omar Wahid

SAUNTERING along a Lon­don street af­ter serv­ing just half of a five-and-a-half-year jail sen­tence, this is the Bri­tish hate preacher who in­spired an Isis ex­e­cu­tioner.

He is Mo­hammed Miz an ur Rah­man, 36 – pic­tured here for the first time since his re­lease from max­i­mum- se­cu­rity Full Sut­ton prison in North York­shire, where he served lit­tle more than two years of his sen­tence,

Rah­man, seen near his fam­ily home in Palmers Green, North Lon­don, was ar­rested af­ter pub­licly pledg­ing his al­le­giance to the Islamic State group soon af­ter it de­clared a so-called caliphate in Syria in June 2014.

Rah­man is be­lieved to have rad­i­calised Sid­dhartha Dhar, a child­hood friend from his neigh­bour­hood, con­vert­ing him from Hin­duism to Islam and in­tro­duc­ing him to the banned ex­trem­ist group Al-Muha­jiroun (ALM).

Dhar then went to Syria, be­came an Isis ex­e­cu­tioner and was filmed shooting a sup­posed ‘traitor’ in the back of the head.

When the video was re­leased on the in­ter­net, he earned the nick­name Ji­hadi Sid.

Rah­man was t he s econd- i ncom­mand of ALM, which was led by his men­tor, fel­low hate preacher An­jem Choudary, 51, also re­cently re­leased from a high- se­cu­rity prison. Choudary too served less than half of his five- and- a- hal­fyear sen­tence.

Both men had been kept in an iso­la­tion unit in prison be­cause there were fears that they would rad­i­calise other in­mates. Rah­man is said to be the more dan­ger­ous of the two in terms of his in­flu­ence on fol­low­ers.

He is be­lieved to be un­der strict bail con­di­tions, one of which states that he must sleep in a bail hos­tel at night. But he is free to visit his fam­ily dur­ing the day.

He is also banned from con­tact­ing Choudary, from Il­ford, East Lon­don, and a num­ber of ji­hadis.

It is un­der­stood that he is banned from us­ing the in­ter­net, and has been given a mo­bile phone by the po­lice so that his calls can be mon­i­tored by them.

In 2007 Rah­man was sen­tenced to six years for in­cit­ing racial ha­tred and so­lic­i­ta­tion to mur­der af­ter a protest at the Dan­ish em­bassy in Lon­don against car­toons that car­i­ca­tured the prophet Muham­mad.

He had t old a crowd of 300 protesters that Bri­tish sol­diers sta­tioned in Iraq at the time would re­turn to Bri­tain in body bags.

‘DAN­GER­OUS’: Rah­man out near his home on Thurs­day. In­set left: His con­vert, ji­hadi Sid­dhartha Dhar

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