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UK Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary jailed for supporting IS

Choudary had denied the terrorism charges and claimed the case was politically motivated. Photograph: (AFP)

WION London, United Kingdom Sep 06, 2016, 01.27 PM (IST)
United Kingdom-based Anjem Choudary was handed a five-and-a-half year prison sentence today for mobilising support for Islamic State.

Choudary was convicted by a UK court on July 28, 2016, for using his online lectures to influence "impressionable" youth to rally for the Middle East-based jihadist organisation.

His associate Mohammed Mizanur Rahman was also slapped with the same sentence.

Judge Justice Holroyde said the pair had "indirectly encouraged violent terrorist activity".

Choudary remained seated when the judge read out the prison sentence. The judgement was followed by cries of 'Allahu Akbar' (God is great) from his followers sitting in the court room.

Choudary ran into trouble in 2014 when his name appeared in an oath that legitimised the purpose of the Islamic State. 

Although the 49-year-old has denied his role in any militant activity, the police have long seen him as a key source in galvanising support for the IS and radicalising young Muslims to participate in the war against the West. 

Choudary gained notoriety for making incendiary comments in his videos. In one of them, he had spelled his desire to convert Buckingham Palace into a mosque. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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