LONDON — An Islamic extremist preacher who managed to stay just on the right side of British law for decades while touting sharia law as the future for the U.K. and encouraging young Muslims to wage jihad, was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in prison for his actions.
Preacher Anjem Choudary, 49, and one of his adherents, 33-year-old Mohammed Mizanur Rahman were both found guilty on July 28 of inviting support for ISIS, a designated terrorist organization. The verdicts were only announced in August due to rules imposed by the court.
Choudary was handed a five year, six month sentence on Tuesday by a London court. He had faced a maximum 10 year sentence. Rahman received the same sentence.
“Both men were fully aware that Daesh (ISIS) is a proscribed terrorist group responsible for brutal activities and that what they themselves were doing was illegal,” Sue Hemming, head of counter terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said in a statement. “Those who invite others to support such organizations will be prosecuted and jailed for their crimes.”
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