One of Britain’s most radical and outspoken hate preachers, Anjem Choudary, has been found guilty of supporting the Islamic State and could soon be sentenced to jail.
Choudary has avoided jail for years despite voicing his sympathy for certain extremist groups on numerous occasions, however, he has eventually been found guilty after a jury at the Old Bailey heard that he had sworn an oath of allegiance to the so called Islamic State.
According to The Guardian, Anjem is on record telling people to support the Sunni terror group in a series of talks on his YouTube channel.
In the videos and in numerous speeches, Choudary also told his supporters to obey ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and to go to Syria to support the group and to promote the caliphate.
Anjem is set to be sentenced in September and could face up to 10-years in prison if he is found guilty of inviting support for a proscribed organisation.
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said:
The prosecution case is that whichever name is used, the evidence is quite clear: when these defendants were inviting support for an Islamic state or caliphate they were referring to the one declared in Syria and its environs by Ibrahim [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi at the end of June 2014.
Terrorist organisations thrive and grow because people support them and that is what this case is about. Do not confuse that with the right of people to follow the religion of their choice or to proclaim support for a caliphate.
In the mid-1980s, Chouary co-founded al-Muhajiroun, a low key Islamic network that preached about a hard-line version of Islam and called for sharia law in the UK.
The group also made headlines after praising the 9/11 attacks and protesting in the town of Wootton Bassett – where the coffins of British soldiers are frequently brought through.
Hopefully, Choudary gets exactly what he deserves next month…
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.