Nick Parker and Rick Hewett, Sun (London), Feb. 22, 2006
The organiser of London’s Muslim cartoon protests has gone abroad to fight holy war — leaving taxpayers to foot the bill to keep his family.
Anjem Choudary, 38, walked out on Rubana Akhgar to launch a new Islamic fundamentalist group in Lebanon.
But his wife will not have to worry about money when he’s gone — she gets £1,700-a-month in state handouts.
And Choudary himself raked in thousands in benefits for years while plotting to destroy British society.
Rubana, 34, was heartbroken after he followed his evil hero Omar Bakri to Lebanon.
Choudary returned to organise the Danish Embassy outrage, where protesters carried banners proclaiming: “Behead Those Who Insult Islam.”
He found time to visit Rubana, sons Luqman, six, and Hediyah, one, and daughter Bintanjan, eight, amid fury over the protests.
But he left his Muslim wife in tears by vowing to go back to Lebanon soon to accelerate his campaign of “Jihad”.
She told a friend: “We wanted him to stay but there’s nothing I can do to stop him. He’s thrown himself into leading this new Muslim group and doesn’t live here any more. We will miss him but we’ll be OK on housing benefit and income support.”
Rubana gets around £1,000-a-month housing benefit, £360 income support, £160 child benefit and £192-a-week. Her husband claimed £202-a-month income support until last September.
He used to help poisonous preacher Bakri run the now defunct extremist group Al Muhajiroun, which wants to turn Britain into an Islamic state.
Lawyer Choudary quit his job at a London solicitor’s firm after being seduced by Bakri’s twisted creed. He claimed thousands in income support, job seeker allowance and housing benefit.
The bearded fanatic first achieved notoriety in 2001 by describing the September 11 bombers as “heroes”. He hit the headlines again in 2003 after calling the Colombia Space Shuttle disaster “an act of God” and saying Muslims would not be shedding any tears.
Choudary sparked fury by defending the embassy protests over the Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammed earlier this month.
He crowed to Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman that Britain belongs to Allah.
Choudary has been staying with his British-born wife and their children for several days at their rented ground-floor flat in East London.
Most of his trips out have been with his family to the local mosque.
He now wears an unkempt beard and traditional Shalwar Kameez robes.
Quizzed outside the home yesterday, Choudary warned sternly: “You’ve made a big mistake coming here.”
IN BEIRUT, Bakri has warned Britain could be the target of another terror attack as a result of the cartoon row.
Bakri fled Britain last summer amid calls for him to face treason charges.