Radical Preacher Anjem Choudary Arrested in Dawn Terror Raids

Mark Duell, Daily Mail, September 25, 2014

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary was one of nine men arrested early this morning as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism.

Choudary, 47, and eight other men aged 22, 31, 31, 32, 36, 38, 39 and 51 were arrested by Metropolitan Police officers in London this morning, and have all been taken to police stations–where they remain in custody.

His arrest came shortly after he posted a series of nine tweets at about 5am today with an anti-Western tone, referring to the ongoing crisis involving ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.

Muslim activist Abu Izzadeen–born Trevor Brooks–is also among the nine men arrested.

Some 19 residential, business or community premises were being searched today as part of the investigation, Scotland Yard said.

Eleven of these were in east London, one was in west London, one was in north-west London and five were in south London–while a residential address was also being searched in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire.

A police spokesman said: ‘These arrests and searches are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist-related terrorism and are not in response to any immediate public safety risk.’

Officers confirmed that the nine men were arrested on suspicion of being members of a proscribed organisation, supporting a proscribed organisation and encouraging terrorism.

Al-Muhajiroun is understood to be the banned organisation in question, sources said this morning.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Choudary said he has no sympathy for Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker who was captured in Syria.

ISIS militants threatened to behead the 47-year-old in a video released earlier this month, which showed the murder of another British man, David Haines.

Choudary is reported to have said: ‘In the Koran it is not allowed for you to feel sorry for non Muslims. I don’t feel sorry for him.’

Choudary co-founded the now banned group al-Muhajiroun. Fanatics Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who were both jailed earlier this year for the brutal slaying of Fusilier Lee Rigby, were both seen at demonstrations organised by al-Muhajiroun, before it was banned.

Choudary said he knew Adebolajo, who was pictured beside him at a rally in 2007, and the second founder of the group, Omar Bakri Mohammed, claimed that he had spoken to the future killer at meetings.

The group, which has changed names a number of times, was banned in the UK in 2010. A study suggested that in the preceding 12 years, 18 per cent of Islamic extremists convicted of terror offences in the UK had current or former links with it.

A resident who lives near a terraced house where Choudary was believed to have lived in Walthamstow, east London, said the preacher and his family moved out about a week ago.

She said Choudary had lived there for around two years and claimed there was police activity at the weekend after he left.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘There were police cars and officers walking around. I can’t say whether they actually went in.’

Scaffolding was in place at the house in Walthamstow as work was being carried out.

Derek Rayner, a retired painter and decorator who has lived on the street for 50 years, said of Choudary: ‘I was very much aware he was living in the street.

‘I didn’t know much about him, other than what I read in the papers. He kept himself to himself. It was noticeable that there were comings and goings.‘

Sometimes you wouldn’t see him for a couple of weeks. Then when he was back, you would see him walking up and down the road.’

He said he stopped speaking to Choudary following comments he reportedly made about murdered soldier Lee Rigby and ISIS militants.

‘I used to speak to him to just say good morning but having seen the things that he had been saying . . . I won’t give him the time of day now.’

He said he had not seen the cleric for around a week. ‘I wasn’t totally sure he had moved out–I thought he might have just moved out while they were doing the house up.

‘They have totally gutted the house. I have seen him moving stuff out. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be permanent or just temporary. ‘

He said he had not seen any police activity but added: ‘I have been informed there was a lot of police presence here over the last week. My neighbour said there has been police cars coming up and down, policemen knocking on his door apparently.’

Anti-extremism campaigners Hope Not Hate welcomed the arrests today.

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  • Anti-extremism campaigners Hope Not Hate welcomed the arrests today.

    As long as Official Britain deals with this problem in ideological terms rather than tribal terms, the problem will never be solved.

  • propagandaoftruth

    The Muslim takes great joy in sawing off the head of the infidel. It is his culture, and who am I to disparage.

    So, in the name of cultural heritage vis-à-vis gruesome butchery, I’d like to revive an old Viking tradition for Mr. Choudary and his ISIS brethren called the “blood eagle”.

    I really would.

    • benvad

      Let me know how I can help.

  • IstvanIN

    How do low-lifes like Tony Blair live with themselves after all the murders and rapes of real British people? Choudary and all his “people” should be expelled.

    • Paleoconn

      I don’t think Blair loses a wink of sleep. I think they congratulate themselves for what they have turned England into. People like Blair get their own circle in hell.

  • propagandaoftruth

    He’s doing well for doing nothing, paid by those he hates.

    I don’t think he has a job, but lives well.

    So, is there any hope left for the social sciences?

    • benvad

      He’s a barrister by profession but a disappointment because he flunked out of medical school.

  • The fact that this fanatical parasite was ever allowed to live in the West is a disgrace. The fact that he’s still breathing is a double disgrace. The politicians’ rules say the muzzies can whack our heads off on the streets, but we can’t bash their heads in. It’s time to break that rule.

    • archer

      There’s no hope for the Brits, if the “drummer Rigby” murder didn’t wake them up nothing will.

  • Zimriel

    Precedent for a raid on UKIP.

    Choudary will be quietly released and charged with nothing.

    • Zimriel

      Oh look, I was right. Choudaboy got released on bail last week and is still being investigated which means, he has not been charged.

      No-one could see any of THAT coming. Hey maybe I’m a prophet too!

  • George Costanza

    The Italians expelled an Imam for inflammatory remarks, but Britain seems to be trying real hard to ignore the problem because of political correctness…

    • propagandaoftruth

      The limeys seem to be the worst with kowtowing to the towelheads, you know?

      That’s such a shame. It’s going to get real ugly. Thank God there’s still a few English peckerwoods.

      • George Costanza

        I’ve been to Italy a few time and they don’t hop on that multicult diversity crap like other euros do, they are very ethnocentric and the least PC in Europe. Is that Charles Bronson? lol

        • propagandaoftruth

          Charlie. Very scary limey. Decent Tom Hardy flick on Netflix on the guy.

  • benvad

    Can’t wait for him to get killed and I hope his wife a children aren’t spared. Preferably it’ll be recorded, I have no empathy for muslims. Like the israeli general called them cockroaches, I think that is even to good for them.

    • Bryan Dennis

      Come on man, think for a second.. That’s exactly how these cockroaches think and behave. Don’t imitate that. His wife and children?? That’s their level. We ought to deport his wives and children and revoke citizenship… And keep him in prison the rest of his life. You’re better, we’re better than that. That’s why this POS came here in the first place, or was brought here by his parents. Hell, he even said he wouldn’t leave to go to the “perfect Islamic nation they’re building” because he was born here.. But in REALITY you know that he wouldn’t leave to go to a perfect Islamic run country because it would suck in comparison to what we’ve built. Our values and ethics built this country and vengeful murder isn’t apart of it. So anyway, I understand your anger and thoughts though, I’v said the same thing countless times.

      • benvad

        I’m through with having empathy for that vermin, for just like the Africans they only understand brutality and force. That’s how I feel about.

  • Bryan Dennis

    I want this POS to have his ego destroyed in prison. He says he’s gonna recruit in there? I say solitary and the guards go to town tearing him down psychologically. Suggestions like, maybe he wasn’t a good enough Muslim and that’s why Allah let you come to prison and rot. You were too foolish and blunt to be an important part of Allah’s plan. Look how little you accomplished in the war against the West, and now you sit in prison during your prime because of you’re foolish decisions and arrogant self serving gloating on Internet forums. Allah has punished you for this arrogance and will continue to remind you of your failure in helping your brothers every day that you wake up in this cell, unable to figure out which direction is east for prayers. If I was the guard I’d pretend I was Muslim so that I could act personally disappointed in him. I wish we didn’t let these “others” into our countries in the first place. Let them have their own countries to blow up. Multiculturalism destroys our differences. It doesn’t celebrate them.