Hate preacher with links to Norway arrested in UK

AFP - [email protected] • 25 Sep, 2014 Updated Thu 25 Sep 2014 12:09 CEST
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Hate preacher Anjem Choudary, who has close relations with a notorious terror group in Norway and supports the killing of Western journalists, was arrested by anti-terror police in London on Thursday.


Choudary has admitted his link to The Prophet's Ummah group in Norway, reported VG recently.

Nine men were arrested, including Choudary, after a police operation in London. They are suspected of belonging to a terrorist organization and of encouraging the spread of terror.
The men are aged between 22 and 51 years old. They have been taken to police stations in central London for questioning, according to Sky News.
Police said in a statement released on Thursday: “These arrests are part of an ongoing investigation of terrorism related to Islam and are not a reaction to any immediate security threat.”
One of the arrested men is, according to Sky News, the radical Islamist Anjem Choudary. He is known as the most notorious hate preacher in the radical Islamist environment in England, and has connections to Norway through the extreme group The Prophet's Ummah.
For many years Choudary has been one of the most controversial Islamists in the UK. It is there he established the organization Sharia4UK. He also has an extensive network in other European countries, including Norway.
Choudary said in a recent interview with VG about his contacts in Norway: “I know people in The Prophet's Ummah, especially Ubaydullah Hussein, he is a good friend of mine. He has visited England and I have visited Norway.”
Both Choudary and Hussain have expressed their support to the terrorist organization ISIS and their atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria. This week, Hussain has been charged for several cases of encouraging killings and terror operations.
Choudary believes there are many in Norway who listen to his lectures and ask questions on Islam. However, he refused to give any numbers as to how many supporters he has.
Choudary said: “I have connections in many countries throughout Europe, but there are no administrative connections. To say it like this - there are no divisions of a movement. But you never know: maybe one day I'll come to Norway to live.”
Ubaydullah Hussain confirms that there is still good contact between The Prophet's Ummah and the notorious hate preacher living in London.
Hussain wrote in an email to VG: “We have very good contact abroad with, among others, Sheikh Anjem Choudary who functions as some kind of counselor to us. We also take part in his classes on internet.”



AFP 2014/09/25 12:09

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