Belgians crack down on preacher of hate - as we dash to guard him: Anjem Choudary threatened with deportation to face charges over YouTube rants
Belgian police have launched an investigation into hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s YouTube rants, it emerged yesterday.
The married father of four, who receives an estimated £25,000 in benefits, is being probed over allegations he incited violence and threatened terrorist attacks in Britain and Belgium.
Details of the Belgian inquiry emerged days after Scotland Yard officers went to Choudary’s East London home to help his family go into hiding in the aftermath of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.
Help: Critics say the police should stop Choudary's hate-filled speeches on the internet, rather than running up costs protecting his family from threats following the Woolwich terror
Evacuation: A member of Choudary's family are ushered out of their home. Information was later released by Belgian police that they are investigating allegations that Anjem Choudary incited violence and terror
Baby: A woman, believed to be Anjem Choudary's wife, is escorted from the house by a female police officer, while carrying a young child
Critics say the Metropolitan Police should concentrate on stopping his hate-filled speeches on the internet, rather than running up costs protecting his family from people furious about the atrocity in Woolwich last week.
In a new outburst unconnected to the Belgian investigation, Choudary yesterday blamed David Cameron for a ‘crusade’ against Islam which is turning young British Muslims into potential terrorists.
Officials in Belgium – which has recently passed new anti-terror laws under which websites inciting violence can be banned – said Choudary and a colleague, Abu Rahin Aziz, are being probed over comments they made in two videos posted on YouTube.
Outspoken: Controversial preacher Choudary was interviewed on BBC2 Newsnight last week following the death of Drummer Lee Rigby
If the authorities decide to prosecute them, both men face the prospect of being deported from the UK to face terrorism charges.
Peter Mertens, a spokesman for Belgium’s ‘Crisis Centre’, which deals with the threat posed by Muslim extremists, confirmed that security officials were studying both videos to determine whether laws have been broken.
He said investigators may be in touch with their counterparts in London for assistance.
Choudary’s video of hate, called Message Of Support For Abu Imran, was posted on May 8 and has clocked up 17,818 views.
It is still on the internet and was released in protest at the imprisonment of the leader of a group called Sharia4Belgium, which is backed by Choudary and other leading Islamic militants.
Imran, whose real name is Fouad Belkacem, was arrested in June last year and is serving a two-year prison sentence for inciting hatred and violence towards non-Muslims in a video also posted to YouTube.
During the near seven-minute video, Choudary said: ‘So we say from England that we never spoke the truth because our leaders, so-called leaders, said so – like Blair or Brown, or indeed Cameron.
‘Rather, we speak the truth because it is incumbent upon us, it is an obligation upon us to raise our voice for the sake of Allah, to command good, forbid evil, call for the sharia and khilafa.
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