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Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary banned from Twitter

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Islamist hate preacher Anjem Choudary has been banned from Twitter, less than a week after he set up a profile on the social media platform.

The 54-year-old confirmed to Sky News that his account had been suspended.

Twitter has not yet commented on the move.

Choudary had been the subject of significant legal restrictions, preventing him from speaking publicly, since his release from prison in October 2018.

Preacher Anjem Choudary was seen protesting outside the Syrian Embassy in London on 23 August 2013
Image: Choudary was seen protesting outside the Syrian Embassy in London on 23 August 2013

He was convicted on terrorism charges in 2016, which included inviting support for the terrorist group Islamic State.

Most of the legal conditions preventing him from speaking publicly expired 10 days ago and Choudary, also known as Abu Luqman, set up a Twitter profile just days later.

Reacting to the news of his ban, he told Sky News: “That was quick, a record, just five days after I set up my account.”

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He said Twitter had not given him a reason for the suspension and that he believed he had been “quite moderate” in his posts.

The hate preacher served his sentence at the high-security Frankland prison in Durham, which houses a number of terrorist prisoners.

Counter terrorism police have previously described Choudary as one of the most influential Islamist extremists in Europe.

At his Old Bailey trial, prosecutors said he was responsible for radicalising countless individuals.

His followers included the killers of soldier Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, as well as Siddhartha Dhar from north London.

Dhar left the UK to join ISIS in 2014 and is believed to have acted as an “executioner” for the terrorist group, responsible for numerous murders.