Metro Police Charges Anjem Choudary for Supporting a Terror Organization

The alleged radical cleric of the UK, 48-year-old Anjem Choudary, has been formally charged with supporting the banned terror group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or ISIL. The cleric from Ilford was charged along with 32-year-old Mohammed Rahman for inviting support for a proscribed terrorist organization, namely ISIL. Currently, both the accused are in police custody and are anticipated to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The case against the two initially started when Metropolitan Police’s Counter-Terrorism Command (SO15) arrested them both in September 2014 on suspicion of being members of the proscribed organization. The two have been on police bail since then. Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, Sue Hemming, explained that “following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, we have today authorized charges against Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Mizanur Rahman.” It was explained that “we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Rahman for inviting support for ISIL, a proscribed terrorist organisation, between 29 June 2014 and 6 March this year. Each man is charged with one offence contrary to section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000.”

In the final remarks, Hemming stated that “it is alleged that Anjem Choudary and Mohammed Rahman invited support for ISIS in individual lectures which were subsequently published online,” adding that “the decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.”

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