FOLLOWERS of radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary are hiding behind benign sounding names according to reports. Michael Kenney, Associate Professor of International Affairs at Pittsburgh University claims that acolytes of Choudary who are in fact members of his al-Muhajiroun jihadi group have set up as many as 180 front organisations.
Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who murdered soldier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in 2013 and Khuram Butt, who was one of three men shot dead by police after the London Bridge terror attack in June 2017, which resulted in the deaths of eight people were all followers of Choudary.
In his book, Choudary, Kenney says: “As activists face more pressure from law enforcers, they now frequently engage in da’wah [preaching – Editors Note] without using banners that publicise their platforms.” He quotes one of those involved saying:“They keep banning us and proscribing us and we pop up again.”
The Peaceful Society and the Bureau of Islamic Resources are organisations named as being potential fronts for Islamist activity. Clearly, the UK Government needs to get a grip and releasing Choudary was a disgusting mistake that has potentially endangered the lives of British citizens.