Notorious Islamist activist Anjem Choudary convicted in Britain
Fourth Estate Staff
Britain, England, United Kingdom (4E) – The notorious Islamist activist Anhem Choudary was convicted in Britain for inviting support for the terrorist group, Islamic State (IS).
The 49-year-old led a flag-burning demonstration outside the United States embassy on one of the anniversaries of the 9/11 attacks that killed thousands. He also voiced support for the jihads but there has been no solid proof that Choudary incited violence. He is known as the most hated man in Britain. Choudary could face up to 10 years in prison.
Aside from Choudary , an associate named Mohammed Mizanur Rahman , 33, was also convicted. The two reportedly used online lectures and messages to encourage support for the IS. This act is banned in Britain.
As per their social media posts, the two men pledged allegiance to the caliphate declared by the head of the IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi . The men were first arrested in 2014 at the Old Bailey in London. Accordingly, the jury delivered their verdict on July 28 but it was not announced until Tuesday for legal reasons. The sentencing of the two men is set this September 6.
Choudary is also the former head of Al-Muhajiroun , an organization that is now banned. Originally, the Al-Muhajiroun was founded by Omar Bakri Muhammad. He was expelled from Britain in 2005 and went to Lebanon. Choudary also led the organization called Islam4UK .
In the 9/11 attack back in 2001, Choudary praised the men who planned the attacks against the United States. He also refused to condemn the London bombings in 2005 and said that he wanted to convert the Buckingham Palace into a Mosque.
This is not the first time that Choudary was convicted. He served two years in jail in the past for encouraging people to kill British and American troops in Afghanistan. One man, named Lee Rigby, killed a British soldier in 2013. He reportedly attended the protests organized by Choudary .
Dean Haydon , the head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counterterrorism Command, said in a statement that although Choudary and Rahman have stayed within the law for many years, their influence has spread and they have encouraged people to join terrorist organizations.
Although Choudary denied the claims that they encouraged people to join terrorist organizations, it was found out that last July 7, 2014, on the anniversary of the London bombings, both Choudary and Rahman posted an oath of allegiance using pseudonyms. From August to September 2014, they also posted speeches on YouTube encouraging people to support IS.