Radical Ilford preacher Anjem Choudary to be jailed for raising support for ISIS
PUBLISHED: 10:09 06 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 September 2016
Ilford hate preacher Anjem Choudary is facing up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced later for drumming up support for Islamic State (ISIS).
The British-born 49-year-old, of Hampton Road, backed the terrorist group in a series of talks posted on YouTube, the Old Bailey heard.
Despite being a leading figure in the banned group al-Muhajiroun (ALM), and with a series of former supporters going on to be convicted of terrorism, Choudary stayed on the right side of the law for two decades.
But the pledge of allegiance posted online provided a turning point for police who swooped to arrest Choudary and Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33, from Whitechapel, east London.
Following an Old Bailey trial, the pair were found guilty of inviting support for ISIS between June 29 2014 and March 6 2015 and remanded in custody.
For legal reasons, details of the case could not be reported until three weeks after the guilty verdicts were delivered on July 28.
Choudary faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison, although Mr Justice Holroyde said there was little precedent for such cases.
In one speech in March 2013, Choudary, set out his ambitions for the Muslim faith to “dominate the whole world”.
Supporters included Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the murderers of Fusilier Lee Rigby, and suspected ISIS executioner Siddhartha Dhar.
He refused to denounce the execution of journalist James Foley by so-called Jihadi John, aka Mohammed Emwazi, in Syria in 2014.
He told the jury: “If you took an objective view, there are circumstances where someone could be punished.”
Choudary’s conviction was welcomed by leading British Muslims, who condemned his “evil” and “hateful” views.
After his conviction, Choudary’s Twitter account was removed by the social media giant.
He will be sentenced later today.
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