Demonstrator Anjem Choudary, protests in support of Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, who is appealing against his extradition to the U.S., outside the High Court in London October 5, 2012. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
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Anjem Choudary, Britain's best-known Islamist preacher, was jailed Tuesday for five years and six months for encouraging support for Daesh (ISIS), ending years of frustration for police who had struggled to pin charges on him.Long denounced by the press in Britain as a hate preacher, Choudary is also well-known abroad, making regular TV appearances in the wake of attacks by Islamist militants to blame Western foreign policy for targeting Muslims.Evidence presented during the trial included speeches posted online in which Choudary spelled out his arguments for recognizing Baghdadi as the leader of Daesh.The court had also heard that Choudary and Rahman had pledged allegiance to the group and used Mohammed Fachry, a convicted terrorist, to publish the oath on an Indonesian website.
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