Feel Good Story Of The Day: How Anjem Choudary's Mouth Finally Overloaded His Ass
(Update: Sentenced to 66 Months)
For 20 years Anjem Choudary stood on street corners, in shopping precincts, outside mosques, embassies and police stations and used his megaphone to drive a wedge between Muslims and the rest of Britain. Now he has been convicted of inviting others to support the Islamic State militant group.And now the money quote. I mean I hate to be a spoiler but in this case I'll make an exception.
The scenes would change - but not the words. The flag of Islam will fly over Downing Street, was his favourite prediction, followed by some kind of rhetorical flourish. "The Muslims are rising to establish the Sharia... Pakistan, Afghanistan and perhaps, my dear Muslims, Londonistan."
He would greet the journalists with a smile, and some guile, dressed up as charm. One day outside Regent's Park Mosque (he was banned from ranting inside its premises) he told the crowd he was honoured that I had turned up to hear him speak. He liked playing games. It gave him a sense that he was winning.
Instead, when the guilty verdict came, he said nothing. Anjem Choudary's mouth had finally shut.Seldom if ever is blogging this satisfying, but I have to say, I really really really enjoyed posting this. I mean really. You just can't imagine ....
Anjem Choudary, who preached hate over two decades with seeming impunity from legal punishment, has been jailed for five years and six months for his activities to support Islamic State. Choudary was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London after his conviction in July of urging Muslims to support Isis in a series of talks posted on YouTube. He was convicted alongside his acolyte Mohammed Rahman, 33, who was also sentenced to five years and six months in prison. Choudary’s supporters in the public gallery shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as the judge finished sentencing. Choudary, 49, avoided serious criminal charges for years, but his conviction for terrorism was agreed unanimously by a jury. Sentencing the pair, the judge said they would remain a danger, even in prison, telling them: “I regard each of you as dangerous. You show no remorse at all for anything you have said or done and I have no doubt you will continue to communicate your message whenever you can.”
This is why the old remedy for treason included the possibility of a death sentence. Sadly, that's not likely to happen in today's UK.
Posted by: Gork at August 17, 2016 08:38 AM
Posted by: Sea Dragon at August 17, 2016 08:50 AM
Posted by: Anjum Choudary at August 17, 2016 09:03 AM
I'm always a bit concerned when words lead to criminal convictions, and (as Gork said above) prison might be a better recruiting environment for him.
But for today, at least, he's silenced.
Posted by: Nasreen at August 17, 2016 09:16 AM
Posted by: KIM at August 17, 2016 12:39 PM
Worth waiting a few years
for that line. nice one, BBC.
Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at August 17, 2016 02:45 PM
Posted by: Doom at August 18, 2016 01:04 PM
Posted by: Grinning Lackey at August 19, 2016 03:42 PM
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