ISIS lands radical UK preacher in jail

2016-09-06 18:22
Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary. (Leon Neal, AFP)

Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary. (Leon Neal, AFP)

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London - One of Britain's best-known radical Islamic preachers was sentenced on Tuesday to 5½ years in prison for encouraging support for the Islamic State group.

Anjem Choudary has been one of the best-known faces of radical Islam in Britain for years, leading groups under names including al-Muhajiroun, Islam4UK and Muslims Against Crusades.

Authorities see Choudary as a key voice radicalising young Muslims. Several people who attended his rallies and events have been convicted of violent attacks, including Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, the killers of British soldier Lee Rigby.

The 49-year-old firebrand preacher gained attention for headline-grabbing statements that provoked outrage, but stayed within the bounds of the law, such as protesting outside the US Embassy on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks and burning memorial poppies on Remembrance Day.

But the London-born preacher ran into trouble in 2014 after his name appeared on an oath declaring the legitimacy of the "proclaimed Islamic Caliphate State". Choudary said the oath had been made without his knowledge.

His supporters shouted "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great," as Choudary was sentenced at Central Criminal Court in London.

Both Choudary and Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33, who received the same sentence were found guilty of inviting support for ISIS between June 29, 2014 and March 6, 2015.

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