Anjem Choudary smiles for the cameras after prison release
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He called on ministers to uphold the “laws of the land for all people equally without prejudice”, noting that while threats directed at the Royal Family, footballers and pop stars are “fully investigated”, those directed towards him are deemed “acceptable”, the MailOnline reported. Speaking from his home in Ilford, Choudary also claimed that the police would “never use up resources” investigating threats made against other Muslims.
The preacher claimed that he received “vitriol” and “threats to kill” on a “daily basis”.
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 videos of Choudary’s lectures on YouTube.
But earlier this week, Choudary denied the claim, saying their accounts were “spurioius, non-verifiable chats”.
The preacher noted that he was unable to upload videos to his YouTube channel between 2015 and July 2021 after being charged with supporting ISIS.
Choudary was jailed in 2014 for supporting terrorist organisation ISIS and is believed to have inspired 100 jihadis on social media.
He has reportedly influenced extremists through a series of lectures and videos.
In his latest statement, Choudary said: “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 to many factors, leading to the inevitable conclusion that the sanctity or the life of all citizens under man-made laws is not equally inviolable.
“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.
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He said: “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, speaking to The Sun earlier this week, friends of Sir David Amess’s alleged killer claimed that it was Choudary’s videos that turned Ali from a “popular pupil into an extremist.”
Sir David was murdered during his constituency surgery hours last Friday.
Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old from Croydon, has been charged with his murder.
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.”
Choudary was also criticised on Sunday for suggesting that Sir David was murdered as a result of being pro-Israel, when he 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.
“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?”
He added: “Obviously that does not give someone justification for someone to kill someone.”
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