“Among police there was some disappointment at the sentence of five-and-a-half years, meaning Choudary and Rahman are likely to be out of prison in just over two years.”
And then what? He will resume his jihad activities. Why won’t he? Will anything be done in prison to disabuse him of his jihad sentiments? Of course not. That would be “Islamophobic.”
“Anjem Choudary jailed for five years and six months for urging support of Isis,” by Vikram Dodd, Guardian, September 6, 2016:
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 for 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.”
The judge added: “The jury were sure that you knowingly crossed the line between the legitimate expression of your own views and the criminal act of inviting support for an organisation which was at the time engaged in appalling acts of terrorism.”
The judge said both men justified Isis’s most appalling acts, expressed contempt for democracy and through the speeches they were convicted of trying to incite people to support Isis. The judge said they had “encouraged your audience. To believe that no one who failed to support the caliphate established by Isis could be a true Muslim.”
Among police there was some disappointment at the sentence of five-and-a-half years, meaning Choudary and Rahman are likely to be out of prison in just over two years. The judge imposed an order called a notification period to last 15 years meaning conditions could be placed on the pair when they are released.
The “hate preacher” and Rahman told their supporters to obey Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Isis leader, who is also known as a caliph, and travel to Syria to support “the caliphate”, the trial had heard.
Choudary was a key figure for a succession of Islamist militant groups. He was dismissed as a clown by some, but helped to motivate at least 100 young people to turn to terrorism in Britain and Europe, and made frequent media appearances.
He was a key figure in al-Muhajiroun, which was banned under terrorism legislation and relaunched itself as al-Ghurabaa, only to be banned again. Successor groups were also banned, including Islam4Uk and Muslims Against Crusades.
Choudary’s barrister, Mark Summers QC, said his client regretted breaking the law….
Not exactly. Much more likely he regrets the revocation of the free pass the British authorities have given him for years.