Notorious hate preacher in Britain is found guilty of supporting the Islamic State

Anjem Choudary, speaking in April 2015 in a London mosque, has gained a reputation as a Pied Piper for young radicals and a cheerleader for the Islamic State. (Tim Ireland/AP)
Anjem Choudary, speaking in April 2015 in a London mosque, has gained a reputation as a Pied Piper for young radicals and a cheerleader for the Islamic State. (Tim Ireland/AP)

LONDON — Britain’s most infamous defender of Islamist extremism was found guilty of eliciting support for the Islamic State, officials said Tuesday, marking what authorities described as a milestone in the British campaign to combat homegrown terrorism.

The verdict against Anjem Choudary, 49, is the first major conviction against a man seen across Europe as a Pied Piper for young radicals and a cheerleader for the Islamic State. His conviction immediately became the most significant example of how Britain and other European nations are moving to expand their counterterrorism operations, targeting not just active cells but also the voices of incitement.

A top associate of Choudary — Mohammed Rahman, 33 — was also convicted, and both now face up to 10 years of jail time. The verdict came after years in which both men had mostly dodged British justice, doing so by successfully playing the same democratic system they often railed against.  READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

SOURCES: NewsNow/The Washington Post

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