UK hits Islamist preacher with terror charges

AFP , Monday 24 Jul 2023

British Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary has been charged with three terrorism offences, London's Metropolitan police said on Monday.

 Anjem Choudary
File photo of Anjem Choudary, the leader of the dissolved militant group al-Muhajiroun, as he arrives at Bow Street Magistrates Court in London. Reuters


Choudary, 56, faces charges of belonging to a proscribed organisation, addressing meetings to encourage support for a proscribed organisation and directing a terrorist organisation, the force said.

A 28-year-old Canadian, Khaled Hussein, was also charged with membership of a proscribed organisation.

Counter-terror officers "investigating alleged membership of a proscribed organisation" arrested both men last Monday, the Met added.

Officers detained the high-profile Choudary in east London and held Hussein at Heathrow Airport after he arrived on a flight.

They are both set to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London later on Monday.

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