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Radical cleric Anjem Choudary guilty of inviting IS support

File photo dated 04/01/10 of Anjem Choudary from Islamic group Islam4UK outside the Palaces of Westminster in central London. Islam4UK has cancelled plans for an anti-war march through the town of Wootton Bassett which honours repatriated British soldiers. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 10, 2010. See PA story DEFENCE March. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
 Photo credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

One of the UK’s most notorious radical clerics has been convicted of inviting others to support the so-called Islamic State, it can now be reported.

Police said Anjem Choudary, 49, had stayed “just within the law” for years, but was arrested in 2014 after pledging allegiance to the militant group.

Many people tried for serious terror offences were influenced by his lectures and speeches, police said.

Choudary was convicted alongside confidant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman.

Counter-terrorism chiefs have spent almost 20 years trying to bring Choudary, a father of five, to trial, blaming him, and the proscribed organisations which he helped to run, for radicalising young men and women.

Both men were charged with one offence of inviting support for IS – which is contrary to section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – between 29 June 2014 and 6 March 2015.

The verdict on the two defendants was delivered on 28 July, but can only be reported now, following the conclusion of a separate trial at the Old Bailey of another group of men for a similar offence.

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