Britain's most high-profile cleric Anjem Chaudhry charged for extending support to IS

Chaudhry has been charged under Section 12 of the Terrorism Act along with Mohammed Mizanur Rahman


Reuters/afp August 05, 2015
Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary speaks to a group of demonstrators outside the US embassy in central London. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Anjem Choudary, one of Britain's most high-profile Muslim preachers, and known globally for praising the men responsible for the September 11 attacks on the United States, and the July 7 2005 London bombings was charged on Wednesday with inviting support for Islamic State (IS).

Choudary, 48, was accused of using lectures, which were published online, for encouraging support for the banned organisation, which has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.



"Following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, we have today authorised charges against Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Mizanur Rahman," said Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service.

"It is alleged that Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Rahman invited support for (IS) in individual lectures which were subsequently published online."

"Between June 29 2014, and March 6, 2015, invited support for a proscribed terrorist organisation, namely ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, contrary to section 12 Terrorism Act 2000," his charges read.

Both men were arrested on September 25 last year on suspicion of being members of a proscribed organisation and released on police bail.

Choudary has his day in court

Choudary, a London-born former lawyer of Pakistani descent represented himself in court. He waved around his case notes during his speech in the dock.

The bearded preacher has built up a high profile through his often-controversial views in lectures and on social media.

Earlier, Hemming had said that they had sufficient evidence for a conviction. "We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Rahman for inviting support for ISIL [Islamic State], a proscribed terrorist organisation."

The press benches were full as prosecutors told the court that Choudary had used social media to encourage support of Islamic State, which has brutally carved out areas of control in Syria and Iraq.

Choudary is the former head in Britain of Islam4UK or al-Muhajiroun, a group that called for Islamic law in Britain and which was banned under counter-terrorism legislation in 2010.

He and Rahman both refused to stand as the chief magistrate Howard Riddle left the court.

COMMENTS (18)

LOC | 6 years ago | Reply I have lived in UKin late 90s and trust me they deserves these terrorists. I was amazed at some of the BBC biased documentaries on human rights violations in countries like India. All the hate speeches of this guy and that Mulla Abu Baker(fork arm) were shown live. Also there are muslim areas where whites/brits including cops cannot enter. Visit Slough(dirty & worst than Karachi) Muzzies will take over europe in the next 20-25 years..
Bashy Quraishy | 6 years ago | Reply Very welcoming News from UK In my opinion, this man Anjum Choudary is a very fiery and emotional hate speaker who has done more damage to peaceful co-existence in UK between Muslim communities and the majority society than even the racist and anti-Islam lobbies. Charges against him also prove that Freedom of Speech is not absolute and anyone misusing ii is liable to be held responsible. Let us hope that mR. Choudary is put behind bars for his actions.
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