Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has complained about being abused online and demanded that the Government does more to target ‘online hatred’ – even though he is believed to have inspired 100 jihadis on social media.
Choudary, who was jailed in 2014 for supporting ISIS is himself believed to have influenced extremists through his lectures and videos and was jailed in 2014 for supporting terrorist group ISIS.
But in a statement released yesterday, the convicted preacher claimed that he was the subject of ‘vitriol’ on a ‘daily basis’, as well as being the subject of ‘threats to kill’.
He called on ministers to uphold the ‘laws of the land for all people equally without prejudice’ and claimed that whilst threats directed at the Royal family, footballers and pop stars are ‘fully investigated’, those directed at him are deemed ‘acceptable’.
He also claimed that the police would ‘never use up resources’ investigating threats made against other Muslims.
It comes after Choudhary denied ‘radicalising’ the man charged with the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess.
Friends of Ali Harbi Ali, 25, claimed he was radicalised watching YouTube videos of the Choudary’s lectures.
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary has complained about being abused online and demanded that the Government does more to target ‘online hatred’ – even though he is believed to have inspired 100 jihadis on social media. Above: Choudary seen near his home in East London earlier this week
However, in a statement released earlier this week, Choudary called their accounts ‘spurious, non-verifiable chats’ and said it was ‘questionable’ how he could have radicalised Ali because he was unable to upload videos to YouTube between 2015 and July 2021 after being charged with supporting ISIS.
In his latest statement, Choudary claimed: ‘Whatever new laws are introduced to combat online hate, one thing we can be sure of is that the vitriol which I or other Muslim activists receive on an almost daily basis, from threats to kill and the use of violence, on Twitter and other social media platforms will never be treated or considered worthy of investigation or actionable by the police due many factors, leading to the inevitable conclusion that the sanctity or the life of all citizens under man made laws is not equally inviolable.
Choudary’s appalling words of hate
On the Lee Rigby killer Michael Adebolajo – ‘He is a practising Muslim, a family man and I’m very proud of him’
On September 11 and 7/7 attacks – ‘I didn’t condone the September 11 and July 7 bombings, what I did is say that they had juristic justification. There are people that justify [them] on the divine text.’
On the Charlie Hebdo shootings – ‘I think that this magazine went out of their way to insult the Prophet and they put their very nasty cartoons on their front pages in the past. It obviously angers many Muslims.
‘I think it’s completely ridiculous, the idea that I should say I don’t condone the attack.’
On his plans to see Buckingham Palace made into a mosque: ‘This is an image of how Buckingham Palace will look one day, inshallah.’
He also called Mr Cameron, Mr Obama and the leaders of Pakistan and Egypt the ‘shaitan’, or devil, and said he wanted them to be killed.
On his plans for Britain – ‘We initiate the jihad against the kuffar [disbelievers] to make the name of Allah in the highest.
‘Next time when your child is at school and the teacher asks, ‘What is your ambition?’, they should say, ‘To dominate the whole world by Islam, including Britain, that is my ambition”.
When ISIS executioner Jihadi John was beheading hostages and posting the videos online, Choudary quoted a saying of the Prophet – ‘Whoever comes to dispute with him, strike his neck.’
On the monarchy – ‘I once gave a talk and I said Queen Elizabeth used to have one bath a year. I gave this talk in a church and there was a woman there at the front, an elderly lady, and she kind of shrieked at me. She said: ‘that’s a lie, she had two baths a year.’
‘Two baths a year okay, fair enough, twice as much, still doesn’t make it a lot, does it, a year? Doesn’t make it that clean.’
The night before his conviction in 2016
Choudary told Sky News he was merely exercising his right to freedom of speech: ‘If you cannot say when you believe in something and you cannot share that view, then you don’t really have freedom to express yourself in this country.’
Choudary described ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as ‘the Caliph of all Muslims and the Prince of the Believers,’ adding: ‘I think in many respects it’s the kind of society I’d love to live in with my family.’
‘Whether we like it or not, if you are a member of the Royal family or an MP or a famous footballer or pop star, even one threatening tweet will be fully investigated and the sender given a heavy penalty whilst if you are Anjem Choudary then threats or abuse are considered to be acceptable.
‘Until and unless the laws of any land are upheld for all people equally and without prejudice, any respect which the authorities demand from their citizens will be diminished or absent.’
He added: ‘Lastly the police and crown prosecution service (CPS) will never use up resources defending ordinary Muslims and most probably will not even find the time to investigate threats made due to the inherent bias and prejudices in the system i.e they will not consider the chances of a successful prosecution likely or indeed to be in the public interest to pursue the perpetrator.’
Choudary also denied ever inciting violence, saying: ‘Rather the contents of my sermons are in reality expositions of various jurisprudential matters associated with Islam and the Shari’ah from a mainly academic perspective.’
However, the preacher is accused of radicalising dozens of Britain’s most notorious terrorists, including Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who killed Fusilier Lee Rigby at Woolwich Barracks in 2013.
Speaking to The Sun earlier this week, friends of Sir David’s killer, a British national of Somali heritage who grew up in a three-bed 1980s terrace house in Croydon with his mother, two sisters and brother, claimed that Choudary videos turned Ali from a ‘popular pupil into an extremist’.
In response, Choudary said: ‘Even before any official statement by the police, they have apparently already decided that he was radicalised by me based on some spurious, non-verifiable chats with old school friends of Ali Harbi Ali years ago and mysterious YouTube clips of me.
‘In recent years, I have personally been unable to access the internet or deliver any lectures, let alone produce content on YouTube, from July 2015 when I was charged with supporting ISIS and July 2021 when my internet access and public speaking restrictions were finally lifted after release from prison in October 2018.
‘Although I have delivered many talks and lectures over the years, there is currently no significant material to be found anywhere online due to its removal by social media companies at the behest of the UK authorities and others.
‘It is therefore questionable as to how Ali Harbi Ali could have been ‘radicalised’ by YouTube clips of me.’
On Sunday, Choudary was condemned for suggesting Sir David may have been killed for being ‘pro-Israel’.
The extremist said the 69-year-old father of five – who was ambushed at his Friday meeting with the public and stabbed 17 times in a frenzied attack – could also have been killed for being a member of the Tory Party, which has been in power for over a decade, during which
Speaking from his council home in Ilford, East London, the 54-year-old said: ‘I am not sure about this particular MP’s views.
‘The rumours are that he is pro-Israel, and he is part of the Conservative Party and they have been in power a long time, especially during the campaigns in Muslim countries such as Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan.’
When asked how Mr Amess’s ‘pro-Israel’ stance would make him a target, Choudary replied: ‘Many people do [believe] that it is a terrorist state, and who would possibly be a friend of Israel after you see the carnage that they carried out against Muslims in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and continue to do with the appropriation of properties?’
Choudary, who was jailed in 2014 for supporting ISIS is himself believed to have influenced extremists through his lectures and videos and was jailed in 2014 for supporting terrorist group ISIS
Anjem Choudary has been at the centre of radical Islamic organisations for many years and accused of inspiring many of Britain’s most notorious terrorists
But Choudary, a trained lawyer, was quick to point out that he does not condone the killing of anyone, let alone an MP, in Britain.
He said: ‘No one in their right and rational mind would support such a state [Israel].
‘Obviously that does not give someone justification for someone to kill someone.
‘I believe there is a covenant of security in this country, where the lives and wealth of people with whom we Muslims live are protected in return for our lives and wealth.’
Sir David, 69, was not known for taking a hardline pro-Israeli stance, but he had been an honorary secretary of the Conservative Friends of Israel since 1998 and was often described as supportive of Britain’s Jewish community.
Imams and Muslim leaders in Southend said he was extremely friendly to them, and once told officials at the town’s Southend Mosque he even wanted to hold surgeries in their premises after Covid-19 restrictions eased.
Choudary is known to have associated with Michael Adebolajo (left), the killer of Lee Rigby (right)
Sir David was also friendly towards Arab countries and was chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Qatar, and had recently returned from an official visit to the Gulf country.
Choudary, the former leader of the banned Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun, was jailed for five-and-half years in 2016 for inviting support for the Islamic State.
He served less than half that term, and was out in 2018. He lived under licence restrictions until July this year.
The cleric is now free to preach again, but security sources have said that if he stoked up extremism in this country, he could be put under a form of house arrest known as Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures and tried again in court on terrorism and hate law charges.