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Islamist with ties to Denmark arrested in UK

Anjem Choudary, who said Sharia law will come to Denmark and that he'd like to see Christiansborg renamed Muslimborg, was among nine arrested on Thursday.

Islamist with ties to Denmark arrested in UK
Choudary said Christiansborg should be renamed Muslimborg and should have the flag of Islam flying above it. Photos: Martin Hviid, Snapperjack/Flickr
A Muslim hate preacher who once called for Sharia law to come to Denmark was among nine people arrested in an anti-terror action in London on Thursday. 
 
The BBC reports that among the men arrested was Anjem Choudary, who has spoken against Denmark on previous occasions. 
 
In a June appearance on the DR programme Deadline, Choudary told host Martin Krasnik what he thought should happen to Denmark’s parliament building. 
 
“Maybe Christiansborg should be renamed to Muslimborg one day and have the flag of Islam flying over parliament. It would be very nice,” Choudary said. 
 
In the appearance, which can be viewed here, he also defended his controversial beliefs.
 
“I believe that adulterers should be stoned to death, I believe that we should cut the hand of the thief and Sharia should be implemented in Denmark,” he said. 
 
He went on to say that it is “a reality” that Sharia law would one day come to Denmark. 
 
The nine men arrested in London on Thursday were between the ages of 22 and 47, according to the BBC. They are suspected of belonging to a terrorist organization and of encouraging the spread of terror.
 
All nine men were taken to police stations in central London for questioning.
 
“These arrests are part of an ongoing investigation of terrorism related to Islam and are not a reaction to any immediate security threat,” police said in a statement. 
 
Choudary is known as the most notorious hate preacher in the radical Islamist environment in England. For years, he has been one of the most controversial Islamists in the UK. It is there he established the organization Sharia4UK. He also has an extensive network in other European countries, including both Denmark and Norway.
 
Choudary recently told Norwegian newspaper VG about is connections to the extreme group The Prophet’s Ummah. 
 
“I know people in The Prophet's Ummah, especially Ubaydullah Hussein, he is a good friend of mine. He has visited England and I have visited Norway.”
 
Choudary has expressed his support to the terrorist organization Isis and their atrocities committed in Iraq and Syria. 
 
Choudary told VG that he has many supporters throughout Europe.
 
“I have connections in many countries throughout Europe, but there are no administrative connections. To say it like this – there are no divisions of a movement. But you never know: maybe one day I'll come to Norway to live,” he said.
 
Choudary was born in England to Pakistani parents. 

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Denmark strips dual national of citizenship after terror conviction

A court in Denmark jailed a dual Danish-Turkish national for 10 years on Tuesday and stripped him of his citizenship for "planning a terrorist attack".

Denmark strips dual national of citizenship after terror conviction
The court at Frederiksberg ruled a 24-year-old man must be stripped of his Danish citizenship following a conviction on terrorism charges. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

The 24-year-old — who was not named by the court — will serve his prison sentence in Denmark, but will then be deported to Turkey upon release, the court in Frederiksberg said in a statement.

The man, a native of Copenhagen, had been under surveillance by the intelligence services and was arrested in April 2020 immediately after purchasing a gun and ammunition. 

The police had found a flag of the Islamic State group in his home. 

Prosecutors had demanded a jail term of 12 years and had charged him with purchasing weapons and ammunition “with the intent of perpetrating one or more terrorist attacks”.

The potential targets were not revealed.

After the man is deported, he will be banned for life from entering Danish territory. 

“I think he’s been in Turkey fewer times than many other Danish people,” his lawyer, Rolf Gregersen, told the court.

“Denmark must take responsibility for him once he was awarded Danish citizenship. They can’t just stick a postage stamp on his back and send him on his way,” the lawyer was quoted by the Danish news agency Ritzau as saying. 

The Danish intelligence services, which have foiled a number of attacks in recent years, categorise the risk of an attack against Denmark as “serious”, six years after an Islamist-motivated double attack in Copenhagen left two people dead.

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