And still the media and governing elites would have us believe that he completely misunderstood this religion with which he has been obsessed for years.
“Side by side with preacher of hate? Choudary claims picture shows arrested Islamic fanatic, 28, at 2007 demo,” by Martin Robinson and Rob Cooper for the Daily Mail, May 23 (thanks to David):
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary tonight claimed he was pictured at an Islamist demonstration side by side with a man accused of murdering a soldier in Woolwich.
The man, identified by Choudary as Michael Adebolajo, 28, is seen in footage from 2007 standing behind the fanatic holding a placard which says ‘Crusade Against Muslims’.
Yesterday Adebolajo was filmed drenched in blood, wielding a meat cleaver and yelling: ‘We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.’
He was brought up as a Christian but became ‘obsessed’ with Islam as a schoolboy, it emerged today.
Tonight the picture was published by the BBC which apparently showed Adebolajo stood behind the hate preacher at a demonstration outside Paddington Green police station in 2007.
Choudary tonight told the MailOnline: ‘That is definitely him in the picture. I think it was a demonstration but it was a long time ago now.
‘He was a run-of-the mill type of person and I knew him until about two or three years ago when he disappeared.’
Adebolajo has been identified as the man suspected of killing British soldier Royal Fusilier Lee Rigby, 25, who was described as a ‘loving father’ who had recently served in Afghanistan.
Today former classmates from Adebolajo’s school in Romford expressed their ‘utter shock’ as they saw him brandishing weapons on television, saying he was once a ‘nice, normal guy.’
But at 15 he descended into a world where he was consumed with Jihadism and later joined several Islamist groups banned in Britain because they are considered so extreme.
His parents, whose home in Lincolnshire was allegedly raided by terror police today, moved him away from east London because they feared he had been radicalised.
‘He was a Christian. A nice, normal guy. All his friends were white and used to go round to each other’s houses all the time’, a former friend told the Evening Standard.
‘He started getting involved with Islam aged about 15 or 16, and that is why his parents moved him away out of the area. It is utterly shocking to see what he has done. It’s unbelievable.’
The British citizen of Nigerian descent was born in Lambeth, South London, in 1985, and then moved to Romford, east London.
In 2003 he converted to Islam and began calling himself Mujahid, which means a Muslim who takes part in jihadist actions, while at Marshalls Park School.
It is also believed he later a student at nearby Havering College.
Neighbours at his former family home in Romford said they believed the family ‘moved to get away from whatever trouble Michael was in.’
Kemi Ibrahim, 45, who lived next door, described him as a regular teenage boy and that he had been round her house a number of times.
But she explained how he was often getting into rows with his parents, which could have been over his conversion to Islam.
‘The parents were trying to keep him on the straight and narrow. They thought he was busy with these guys leading him a stray,’ she said.
‘The last memory I can say was when he had a go with his parents and took a brick and just smashed it on the windscreen of their car. He just took the brick and smashed it on the car. I think he was about 17.’
She described the family as Christians and said: ‘I am in complete shock.’…