Britain’s most high-profile Islamist preacher, Anjem Choudary, appeared in a London court on Wednesday to plead not guilty to charges of inviting support for Islamic State (IS). Choudary, 48, was accused alongside an associate Mohammed Mizanur Rahman of using lectures which were published online for encouraging
support for the banned organization, which has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Choudary, dressed in white traditional Muslim attire and speaking in front of a small group of supporters in the court, called the charge a “political maneuver” from Prime Minister David Cameron and the police. Asked for his plea to the charges, he said he would plead that Cameron and the police were guilty while “the only people who are innocent are me and Mr Rahman”.