Thursday 29 September 2016

Hate preacher jailed for over five years

Emily Pennik

Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

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

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In mitigation, Choudary's lawyer, Mark Summers, said: "In the commission of these offences, Mr Choudary believed he was still within the law, although ignorance of the law is no defence.

"But he has had time to reflect and on reflection would have done things differently had he known the boundaries of the law."

But Mr Justice Holroyde said Choudary (49) was aware of his considerable influence and what the likely consequence of his words would be at a crucial time for the spread of Isil in Syria.

He said: "You said nothing to condemn any aspect of what (Isil) was doing at the time. In that way you encouraged violent terrorist activity."

Irish Independent

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