Anjem Choudary given five and a half years in jail for supporting Isis

Choudary was described as calculating, dangerous and remorseless

Anjem Choudary sentenced

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has received a jail sentence of five and a half years for supporting Isis.

Choudary was sentenced in London, two months after he was found guilty of swearing an oath of allegiance to the radical Islamist group and encouraging others to follow him.

Choudary was convicted alongside his accomplice Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, who received the same sentence.

Mr Justice Holroyde, sentencing, rejected Choudary's lawyer's submission that he should take his previous good character into account.

The judge also told Choudary that he and Rahman had both sworn the oath, adding "I have no doubt you lied to the jury about this." He added the preacher "referred happily to the flag of Islam flying over 10 Downing Street and the White House," and suggested the absence of any evidence that anyone acted on Choudary's invitation to support Isis did not mean the offence wasn't serious.

The judge also accused Choudary of being calculating, dangerous and remorseless, with an influence clearly seen in his vast and loyal social media following.

Some reports said there was a chant of 'Allahu Akhbar' from the gallery as Choudary was sent down.