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Terror experts have slammed the five-and-a-half-year sentence handed to Britain’s most notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
The cleric was found guilty of encouraging support for ISIS and urging his followers to join the terror group in a series of incendiary lectures on YouTube.
Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of anti-extremism think-tank The Henry Jackson Society, said: ‘It’s a little surprising that Anjem Choudary received a relatively light sentence – given that since 1999, 10 per cent of those jailed for Islamist terrorist crimes had personal contact with him, and at least 23 per cent were connected to his banned group al-Muhajiroun.
‘It would surely have made sense for the extent of his influence to be taken into account.’
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