Radical Cleric and former University of Southampton student Anjem Choudary has been handed a prison sentence for inciting support for Islamic State.
The 49 year old, who studied medicine at Southampton but quit after failing his first year exams, was yesterday sentenced to five and a half year’s imprisonment at the Old Bailey.
As reported by the Daily Echo, he was arrested after declaring support for the group and its self-declared Caliphate in a series of talks published on YouTube, and was later found guilty of inciting support for IS between 29th June 2014 and 6th March 2015.
In spite of his membership of banned group al-Muhajiroun (ALM) and a number of former followers being charged with supporting terrorism, Choudary had been able avoid arrest until posting the declaration of allegiance online.
Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33 and from Whitechapel, was also found guilty and sentenced along with Choudary.
Supporters of the cleric reportedly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ from the courtroom’s public gallery during the sentencing.
Wessex Scene will keep you updated as the story progresses.