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Radical preacher Anjem Choudary facing jail for drumming up support for Islamic State

By PA Reporters

Published 17/08/2016

British-born preacher Anjem Choudary, who has spent the past 20 years spreading extremist views, faces jail for encouraging backing for Islamic State (IS).

The 49-year-old Muslim encouraged backing for the terror group in a series of talks posted on YouTube, and recognised that a caliphate - a symbolic Islamic state - had been created under an IS leader after it was announced on June 29, 2014, the Old Bailey heard.

Despite being a leading figure in the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun, and a series of former supporters going on to be convicted of terrorism, Choudary stayed on the right side of the law for two decades before investigators were able to pin him down.

He now faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison, although judge Mr Justice Holroyde admitted: "There is very little in the way of precedent in the way of sentencing."

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