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Monday 21 August 2017

Judge dismisses Choudary's 'regret' as he jails him for over five years

Emily Pennik London

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary's expression of regret at breaking the law by inviting support for Islamic State (Isil) was swept aside by a judge who, sentencing him to five-and-a-half years, said he "knew exactly what he was doing".

The 49-year-old former solicitor refused to stand up in the dock as his sentencing hearing began before Mr Justice Holroyde.

But in mitigation, Choudary's lawyer Mark Summers said: "These two years have given Mr Choudary time to reflect on what this case is about.

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