Islamic radical Anjem Choudary, who has been on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show many times just received bad news.
He was charged with supporting the Islamic State (ISIS) more than 1 year ago, and now he’s been officially convicted of supporting terrorists. He even swore an oath ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Now, he’s going to prison for decades:
Choudary, 49, drummed up support for the militant group in a series of talks posted on YouTube, the Old Bailey heard.
He was convicted alongside his confidant, Mohammed Mizanur Rahman.
The Met Police said many people tried for serious offences “attended lectures or speeches given by these men.”
Counter-terrorism chiefs have spent almost 20 years trying to bring Choudary to trial, blaming him, and the proscribed organisations which he helped to run, for radicalising young men and women.
The verdict on the two defendants was delivered on 28 July, but for legal reasons can only now be reported.
The trial heard how the men decided in the summer of 2014 that the group then known as Isis [Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham/the Levant] had formed a “Khilafah”, or Islamic State, that demanded the obedience and support of Muslims.
They then invited others to support IS through speeches and announced their own oath of allegiance to its leader.
The oath of allegiance was a “turning point” which meant they could be put on trial, police said.
Choudary was once the spokesman for al-Muhajiroun, an organisation that can be linked to dozens of terrorism suspects.
This is one fewer Islamic extremist off the streets and behind bars… where he belongs. ISIS is a real threat around the world, and this is a clear reminder of the dangers England and America face.
This is a breaking news story. We will update as more details become available.