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UK: Muslim called for beheading

The demonstration had been organized by Anjem Choudary, a former lawyer who headed the since-banned group Al Ghurabaa

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On February 3 this year, a group of Muslims gathered outside the Danish Embassy in Sloane Square, Chelsea. They were there to protest against the illustrations of Mohammed which had first appeared in the Jyllands-Posten newspaper on September 30 last year.

Individuals, many with faces covered, screamed abuse and called for violence against those who insulted Islam. They bore placards emblazoned with the slogans: "Behead those who insult Islam", "Europe. Take some lessons from 9/11", "Europe you will pay. Demolition is on its way", "Europe you will pay. Your extermination is on its way," "Slay those who insult Islam," "Butcher those who insult Islam."

The demonstration had been organized by Anjem Choudary, a former lawyer who headed the since-banned group Al Ghurabaa, whose members had mostly belonged to Omar Bakri Mohammed's Islamist group Al Muhajiroun.

In July, Choudary was fined 500 ($921) for organizing an unauthorized demonstration, with 300 ($553) costs.

At the time of the February 3 protests, no arrests had been made. Though police issued photographs of three wanted individuals in April, who had been amongst only a handful of protesters who did not cover their faces, only four people were finally charged.

On June 22, it was formally announced that four individuals who had been arrested on March 15 were to face separate trials for threats they had made at the Danish Embassy.

Three individuals were summonsed to return to court, and given bail. One of the four, Abdul Muhid, who had tried to flee the country on May 4 with Anjem Choudary, both breaking their terms of bail, was denied bail.

On August 17 2005, Muhid, had been released from court after charges against him of inciting racial hatred were dropped. Then he had been reported by a concerned citizen for announcing at a stall in Walthamstow market that British troops in Iraq should be killed, and that homosexuals should be thrown from clifftops.

Muhid, who lives in Stoke Newington, north London, was also arrested in 2005 for being among a group of 50 men using megaphones to "berate passers-by" in Southall, which has a large Sikh and Punjabi community. A fight broke out when police tried to disperse the group. On July 13, 2005, Muhid was also arrested for violent disorder and assaulting a police officer in Chingford, north London. Charges again were dropped, for lack of evidence.

In June this year, Muhid denied two counts of soliciting the murder of those who insulted Islam which had been made at the Danish Embassy. Of the four who were given charges, he alone was refused bail, and was made to remain in Winchester prison where he is currently being held.

Umran Javed, 26, of Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham, denied soliciting murder and using threatening words or behaviour to stir up race hate. Abdul Rahman Saleem, 31, of Poplar, (aka Abu Yahya) denied one count of using words likely to stir up racial hatred. The other individual who was charged was 22-year old Mizanur Rahman. He had denied one count of soliciting the murder of those who insulted Islam, as well as US and UK servicemen and Danish, French and Spanish civilians, and denied a charge of using words likely to stir up racial hatred.

On Thursday, November 2, the trial of Mizanur Rahman commenced at the Old Bailey. 25 members of now-banned Al Ghurabaa and its partner the Saviour/Saved Sect, including Anjem Choudary, demonstrated outside the court. Abu Izzadeen, who had heckled the



Adrian Morgan is a British bas
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author only, not of Spero News.
Filed under anjem choudary, islam, united kingdom, Terrorism
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