Anjem Choudary arrested in London
The recently formed Taliban group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (TTP JA) which broke away from Mullah Fazlullah led Pakistan Tehreek -i-Taliban (TTP) released a statement today via their official spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan criticising the UK for the arrest of Anjem Choudary a former spokesman for the banned “extremist” group al-Muhajiroun.
The Guardian reported that “he and eight other men aged from 22 to 51 were arrested on Thursday morning on suspicion of being members of a proscribed organisation, or supporting a proscribed organisation, as well as encouraging terrorism.” Choudary who has been on the radar of British security services for some time for his views claimed the arrest was “politically motivated”.
He asserted that the US/UK and allies were waging a war against Islam and Muslims and “the objective is to take Muslims away from the Shari’ah (Islam)”. Choudary stated that “the US/UK will never defeat the Islamic State (IS) by bombs from the air, rather they will yet again murder innocent men, women and children” and that “the Islamic State could not wish for a better rallying call for Muslims worldwide to join them than for the USA to start bombing again.”
The TTP JA statement called British politicians past and present, “some of the worst mischief makers and the enemies of mankind” and urged the British government “to treat the Muslims in your country with great care and respect.” The full statement can be read here;
Unjust arrest of Shaikh Anjem Choudary by the British government.
Choudary was released on bail on Friday as the news came that the British government had voted 524 to 43 to back airstrikes in Iraq. He tweeted,
“Alhamdulillah I’ve been released from police custody. Just in time for Cameron to declare war on Islam & Muslims in Iraq & Syria subhanallah”
“Cameron has today plunged Britain in a bloody war with Muslims in Iraq/Syria but who will pay the price when it has repercussions in the UK?”
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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.