EPICENTRE OF EVIL
EXCLUSIVE: ANJEM CHOUDARY ADMITS THE WOOLWICH BUTCHER IS ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES — AND PRAISES ‘IMPECCABLE CHARACTER’
Hate disciple … staring Adebolajo listens as Choudary rants into mic at demo in Paddington in 2007
HATE cleric Anjem Choudary yesterday admitted the Woolwich butcher was one of his disciples — and praised his “impeccable character”.
Bile-spewing Choudary acknowledged he helped turn Michael Adebolajo to extremism and that the machete monster was only “making his voice heard in blood”.
The preacher — still free as a bird despite brazenly inspiring terrorists for a DECADE — claimed he did not “condone” the attack that left soldier Lee Rigby dead.
But he insisted Adebolajo, who by chance went to the same primary school as him years apart, was “a very nice man”.
He spoke as a photo emerged of staring-eyed Adebolajo listening intently to every word at one of Choudary’s anger-fuelled demos.
It showed Adebolajo, dressed in Muslim attire, deep in thought as Choudary ranted into a microphone outside Paddington Green police station, West London in 2007.
Adebolajo, then aged just 20, was among a crowd who called then-PM Tony Blair “a terrorist”.
The pair first met at a mosque in 2003, after Adebolajo had already converted to Islam.
Choudary said of Wednesday’s atrocity by Adebolajo and fellow fanatic Michael Oluwatobi Adebowale: “What he did was unusual and it’s not the view I propagate but those views are out there.
“Some members of the Muslim community struggle to express themselves and he is making his voice heard in blood.”
His comments come three months after The Sun secretly filmed Choudary, who is a British citizen, teaching extremists to “rise up” against non-believers.
We caught the father of four, who The Sun revealed has claimed £25,000 a year in welfare, urging fanatics not to ignore “jihad and fighting”, and labelling David Cameron the devil.
It was just the latest example of Choudary being at the centre of terror plots — leading experts to demand why police are guilty of “a gross derogation of duty” by turning a blind eye towards him.
The Sun handed cops a detailed dossier of Choudary’s terrorist training methods after publication of our expose on February 17. We met detectives at their request on March 6 and handed over reams of paperwork and DVDs of secret recordings of the preacher’s rants.
On March 26 Thames Valley Police-based officers announced they would mount no case — saying the material we provided “fell below an evidential threshold”.
The decision was met with howls of derision by commentators and members of the public. Last night The Sun asked Choudary outright if he had brainwashed Adebolajo.
He said: “With radicalisation, if you are talking about someone rejecting British policy, the difference between good and evil, the right for Muslims to defend themselves, I have no problem with that. If you call that radical, then yes.”
When we asked if he felt responsible for the soldier’s death, he bristled and said: “I feel responsible for my own actions.” He then abruptly ended our conversation, saying: “I think you’ve got the wrong person.”
Choudary and jailed terrorist cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad formed the group al-Muhajiroun, which organised anti-Western demonstrations before it was banned.
Only last month a group of his followers, led by convert Richard Dart, was jailed for planning to attack soldiers in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.
Choudary admitted he had converted Dorset-based Dart in 2010 and bragged: “Everything he knew, he studied with me.
“He attended one of my lectures in London to find out about Islam and then he attended everything we had.”
Dart, Imran Mahmood and Jahangir Alom — who was also schooled in extremism by Choudary — were jailed for a total of more than 20 years for terrorist involvement.
Choudary dismissed their guilty pleas by saying: “It was just talk. People say these things all the time, it doesn’t mean they are going to do it.”
But his claims that he does not “condone” violence have been disproved time and again.
As long ago as the wake of 9/11 his group boasted of sending “hundreds” of men into Afghanistan to fight British and American forces.
Choudary also acted as a mentor to his close friend Abdul Rehman Saleem, jailed for inciting racial hatred in 2006.
In 2008 another six of his followers — Shah Hussain, Abdullah Hassan, Abdul Saleem, Simon Keeler, Abdul Muhid, and Omar Brooks — were all convicted of inciting terrorism and terrorist fund-raising.
And only this week he sparked revulsion by declaring the tornado which hit Oklahoma was Allah’s revenge on America for “suppressing” Muslims. THE SUN
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