Radical British Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary was convicted in July for pledging allegiance to ISIS, a UK judge revealed Tuesday.
Known for rhetoric praising the perpetrators of the 9-11 terror attacks as “magnificent martyrs,” Choudary, 49, is of Pakistani descent, and is the founder of the terror group al-Muhajiroun. He is also the founder of the Islam4UK movement, which serves as a front for Choudary’s terror group.
Choudary openly advocated a Muslim takeover of the Western world in a 2012 interview with Israel’s Channel 10 that Sharia law would be implemented in Britain “in 10 or 15 years time.”
“By 2050, Britain will be a majority Muslim country,” Choudary was quoted as saying in Israel National News. “It will be the end of freedom of democracy and submission to God.”
A speech uploaded to Choudary’s YouTube channel on September 9, 2014, was played for jurors in court this week, according to The Guardian.
“I would just say, uh you know, for people who want to live under sharia law, obviously this is a great thing, and for those people who say we are promoting Isis, they are not even called Isis any more,” Choudary said in the video. “Rather, you have an Islamic state where you have millions of people who are governed by the sharia law and I don’t think it is against the law to go and live there and want to abide by sharia law.”
Choudary was warned by a judge that he could face up to 10 years imprisonment after drumming up support for ISIS, various media report.