British radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary, 56, has faced charges of terrorism after his recent arrest in London, as announced by the police on Monday.
Anjem Choudary’s charges include membership of a proscribed organization, directing a terrorist organization, and addressing meetings to encourage support for a proscribed organization. The court hearing for these charges is scheduled to take place in London on Monday.
Once a prominent figure among Britain’s Islamist preachers, Choudary had previously been imprisoned in 2016 for advocating support for the Islamic State. However, he was released in 2018 after serving half of his five-and-a-half-year sentence.
As the former leader of the now banned organization al-Muhajiroun, Choudary gained notoriety for his statements applauding the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks on the United States and expressing a desire to convert Buckingham Palace into a mosque. His followers have been associated with various plots around the world.
Additionally, police disclosed that a 28-year-old Canadian man named Khaled Hussein, who was arrested on the same day as Choudary upon his arrival at Heathrow Airport, has also been charged with membership of a proscribed organization.