Choudary's Islamic Groups Banned in Britain

Muslim protesters called British soldiers ‘butchers’ during a parade in Luton in March 2009. via South Bend News Agency via Daily News

British Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced today that Islam4UK, the Islamist group planning to march through Wootton Bassett, will be banned. Membership in the organization will be punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The ban also applies to the group’s other names, including Al Muhajiroun, Al Ghurabaa and The Saved Sect. Islam4UK is led by Anjem Choudary, who founded Al Muhajiroun in the 1980s with radical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammad.

Choudary says that the British government is persecuting him as a Muslim, taking away his rights. I can’t stop propagating Islam, I can’t stop praying, I can’t stop calling for the Sharia. That’s something I must do, and ultimately I will pay whatever price I need to for my belief.