Radical preacher Anjem Choudary released after terror arrest

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary, one of 11 men held as part of an investigation into alleged support of banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun, has been released on bail.

He claimed his arrest was "politically motivated", saying: "My arrest certainly was politically motivated."

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Man arrested in anti-terror operation to appear in court

A man will appear in court today after 11 people were arrested as part of an investigation into alleged support of banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun.

Radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary Credit: PA Wire

Trevor Brookes, 39, has been charged with two counts of breaching his notification requirement. These are failing to comply with a notification change of address, and notifying false information to the police.

Two men held early yesterday on the M6 motorway near junction 1 remained in custody at a central London police station. Eight others have been bailed. One of those bailed, radical preacher Anjem Choudary, said his arrest was "politically motivated".

Choudary warns of repercussions over Cameron's 'war on Islam and Muslims'

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary tweeted shortly after his release from police custody where he had been detained on suspicion of being a member of a banned terrorist group.

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Two men arrested by counter terrorism officers

Two men have been arrested by counter terrorism officers in London in the early hours of this morning.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being a member of or supporting a proscribed organisation, a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary is believed to be one of nine men arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into Islamist terrorism.

The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist related terrorism and are not in response to any immediate public safety risk.

Radical preacher remains in police custody tonight

Radical preacher Anjem Choudhary is among nine men arrested by police today on suspicion of belonging to or supporting a banned organisation.

Police officers were seen removing evidence from a several addresses in and around London as part of their investigations.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports:

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Anjem Choudary's IS support 'has raised questions'

Cerie Bullivant, from human rights charity Cage, has recently spoken to Anjem Choudary about his views on Islamic State (IS) and said Choudary's statements on IS have raised questions.

For many years Anjem's been very very careful in what he's said and the way he has propagated his views, to stay just on the right side of that fine line. In recent months the open support of ISIS has drawn questions around the legality of it, bearing in mind that ISIS are a proscribed organisation.

– Cerie Bullivant

Police 'at Choudary's empty house over the weekend'

A resident who lives near a terraced house where Anjem Choudary was believed to have lived in Walthamstow, east London, said the preacher and his family had left the property about a week ago.

She said Choudary had lived there for around two years and claimed there was police activity at the weekend after he moved out.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said:

There were police cars and officers walking around. I can't say whether they actually went in.

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Choudary co-founded the banned group al-Muhajiroun

  • Earlier this week, it was reported that Choudary said he has no sympathy for Alan Henning, a volunteer aid worker who was captured in Syria
  • Choudary is reported to have said: "In the Qaran it is not allowed for you to feel sorry for non Muslims. I don't feel sorry for him."
  • Choudary, who co-founded the now banned group al-Muhajiroun, has had contact with a number of worshippers who have later gone on to be convicted of terrorism
  • Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who were both jailed earlier this year for the brutal slaying of Fusilier Lee Rigby, were both seen at demonstrations organised by al-Muhajiroun
  • The group, which has changed names a number of times, was banned in the UK in 2010, and a study suggested that in the preceding 12 years 18% of Islamic extremists convicted of terror offences in the UK had current or former links with it
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