Islamist Salafi Hate preacher Anjem Choudary finally behind bars. (UKCourtnews).
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary is finally behind bars after inspiring a generation of Muslim fanatics including Lee Rigby’s killers and suspected ISIS executioner Siddhartha Dhar.
It can today (Tues) be revealed the 49-year-old, along with disciple Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, 33, were convicted of inviting support for ISIS last month.
Choudary dreamed of establishing an Islamic State and met with his key circle of British Islamists, including Dhar, just days after ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the ‘Caliphate’ in June 2014.
For decades, the trained solicitor had evaded prosecution by staying just within the law, while spreading propaganda on social media and his YouTube channel.
He revelled in his infamy and even told one associate in a text message: ‘I can’t help being the most hated man in England.’
But he crossed the line when he swore an oath of allegiance to ISIS along with banned cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad, Rahman, and Muhammad Fachry – the Indonesian leader of outlawed terror group Al-Muhajiroun (ALM).
Over decades, Choudary influenced a string of vulnerable youngsters who went on to plot atrocities in the UK and fight with Islamic State abroad.
Jihadists around the world, including France and Belgium, looked to him for guidance through his association with banned terror group.
Police do not know exactly how many of the 850 Britons who have gone to Syria were directly influenced by Choudary but said he was a ‘key’ figure in the radicalisation and recruitment drive.
Anti-terror cops pored over 20 years’ worth of material following his arrest in September 2014 before charging Choudary and Rahman in August last year.
They both claimed their support for Islamic State was a purely religious consideration and had nothing to do with the terror group of the same name.
Mr Justice Holroyd told them: ‘You have been convicted by the jury of offences which you must expect to result in sentences of imprisonment.
‘Whereas previously you have attended court to attend your trial, what the court now needs you to do is to attend court to be sentenced.
‘It is true that you have complied with the conditions of your bail. I am afraid however, it has been an evidently grudging compliance and you have made your disregard for the court and its processes abundantly plain throughout these proceedings.’
The judge will sentence Choudary and Rahman on 6 September, when they face prison terms of up to ten years.
Choudary and Rahman were both followers of Syrian Salafi Muslim Omar Bakri Muhammad, who was banned from Britain because of his close links to al-Qaeda. Hmmm........What's the Odds of him going in appeal? Read the full story here.