MI5 Blocked Arrest of ISIS-Supporting Radical Preacher Choudary for Years

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MI5 Blocked Arrest of ISIS-Supporting Radical Preacher Choudary for Years

Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary © Tal Cohen / Reuters

Originally appeared at RT

Counterterrorism officers were repeatedly blocked by British security service MI5 from pursuing criminal investigations against Britain’s highest-profile radical preacher, Anjem Choudary, it has been claimed.

Last week, Choudary was found guilty of supporting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), which seized territory in Iraq and Syria and inspired terrorist attacks across Europe.

Following his conviction, it was revealed that the 49-year-old former lawyer had been linked to at least 15 terrorist plots since 2001. Police also believe he has connections to as many as 500 of the 850 young British Muslims who have traveled abroad to join IS.

According to the Telegraph, counter-terrorism officers often felt they had enough evidence to build a case against the cleric, only to be told to hang fire by MI5 because he was crucial to one of their ongoing investigations.

The situation led to a build-up of tension between the two sides, with police feeling “frustrated” that Choudary was not being brought to justice, a source told the newspaper.

He was eventually prosecuted after swearing an oath of allegiance to IS and posting YouTube videos in which he praised the group.

One counterterrorism source says the decision not to prosecute him earlier came from MI5.

“I am gobsmacked that we allowed him to carry on as long as he did. He was up to his neck in it, but the police can’t do full investigations on people if the security service say they are working on a really big job, because they have the priority,” he told the Telegraph.

“That is what they did constantly. While the police might have had lots of evidence, they were pulled back by the security service because he [Choudary] was one of the people they were monitoring.

“It was very frustrating and did cause some tension, but we were told we had to consider the bigger picture.”

Security expert Will Geddes said while police and security services had a good record of working together, there was often a difficult balance to strike between prosecuting evidence and gathering intelligence.

“Whilst the cops always want the collars the spooks want the information and it is a challenge getting the right balance.

“Choudary was certainly clever and knew where the line was, and that was part of the reason it took so long to get him. But it was certainly possible that MI5 wanted to continue to monitor him because he was the focal point of so much,” Geddes told the Telegraph.

“Given how influential he was in terms of setting up the forums for those guys to get inspired, it made perfect sense for the intelligence agencies to say ‘we haven’t exhausted this yet.’

“In the end though he got caught because he believed his press too much and he got carried away by his own media profile.”

Choudary faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on September 6.

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  • Bobby

    All thinking people knew from the start that Anjem Choudary was an MI5 agent. The way the Zionist Jews who completely own Britain operate is they create fake Islamic radical characters like Choudary and others, then give them all their media platforms to spread their fake scripted message, then they create more fake “opposition” groups led by other MI5 agents like Tommy Robinson (EDL) or Paul Golding (Britain First) etc that pretend to take the opposite extreme. The entire fake atmosphere that’s nothing more than a cheap Hollywood production then gets the low IQ unthinking masses roused up and creates a political atmosphere that is beneficial for Zionists and their agendas.

  • chris chuba

    M15 was too busy holding mock trials against Vladimir Putin and producing a dossier of more charges based on previous allegations rather than actual evidence.

  • Mi5 and Mi6 protect Arab radicals, so they can recruit them to fight for the UK’s SAS later.
    They have been doing this for decades. All SAS belong on trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes as well. And for not wearing uniforms in combat zones, and pretending to be civilians with their trained American accents to. So people do not detect their English accents.
    All tricks of the trade. They are masters of evil and deception.

  • goingbrokes

    MI5 “working on a bigger job”. Of course they were. Building a new caliphate in the ME is quite big job!