Radical British-Pakistani preacher charged with directing a terrorist organisation

British-Pakistani Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary appeared at Westminster magistrates’ courtroom in London on Monday. He has been charged with working the proscribed UK terror group al-Muhajiroun, which is linked to quite a few terror assaults and seeks to ascertain an Islamic caliphate in Britain.

On Sunday, Choudary, 56, was charged with three counts underneath the terrorism act: directing a terrorist organisation, membership in a banned organisation and addressing conferences to encourage help for the organisation. He was not requested to enter a plea. Al-Muhajiroun was proscribed in theUK in 2006 for glorifying terrorism. A number of of its members have been implicated in terror assaults. These embrace the homicide of Lee Rigby and the 2017 London Bridge assault.
British-Indian terrorist Siddhartha Dhar was additionally a member when he joined the IS terror group in Syria in 2014, the place he’s believed to have executed hostages. The group first emerged in 1996 led by Syrian Islamist Omar Bakri Muhammed. It has since re-emerged underneath varied aliases to keep away from legislation enforcement. Prosecutors advised the courtroom it had modified its title to Islamic Thinkers Society and alleged that Choudhary had been giving weekly on-line lectures to small teams belonging to ITS on easy methods to radicalise folks and arrange an Islamic state in Britain. Choudhary was born in London to folks who migrated from Pakistan Punjab.

Khaled Hussein (28), a Canadian nationwide, additionally appeared on the identical courtroom in a separate listening to the place he was charged with membership of al-Muhajiroun. On July 17, Choudhary was arrested in a daybreak raid at his house whereas Hussein was arrested at Heathrow airport after touchdown from Canada. Each males have been remanded in custody to look on the Outdated Bailey on August 4.

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