UK Islamist preacher remanded in custody on terror charges

British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary arrives at the Old Bailey in London on January 11, 2016 for the start of his trial on charges of inviting support for Islamic State (IS). (AFP/Adrian DENNIS)
British Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary arrives at the Old Bailey in London on January 11, 2016 for the start of his trial on charges of inviting support for Islamic State (IS). (AFP/Adrian DENNIS)

British Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary is remanded in custody by a UK magistrate after London’s Metropolitan police charged him with three terrorism offenses.

Choudary, 56, faces charges of belonging to a proscribed organization, addressing meetings to encourage support for a proscribed organization and directing a terrorist organization, the force says.

A 28-year-old Canadian, Khaled Hussein, is also ordered held in custody after he was charged with membership of a proscribed organization.

Both appeared separately at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, which heard that the charges relate to “an extreme form of Islam.”

“The charges relate to the proscribed organization al-Muhajiroun, also known as the Islamic Thinkers Society,” prosecutor Nick Price said. “Criminal proceedings against Mr. Choudary and Mr. Hussein are now active and they each have the right to a fair trial,” he added.

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