Will UK finally cut off benefits for preachers of hate?

A senior judge has challenged Islamist extremists who live on benefits while claiming to "despise" Western democracy, as he sentenced hate preacher Anjem Choudary to five-and-half years in prison.

Choudary has lived on benefits in the UK for the past 20 years, during which time it is understood he has claimed up to £500,000 from the state.

While living off the state - dubbing his benefits 'Jihadiseekers' Allowance' - Choudary became one of the country's most notorious radical preachers - professing hatred against the West.

But he managed to avoid a criminal conviction until he was charged last year with drumming up support for a terrorist organisation by pledging allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isil).

On Tuesday he was sentenced alongside fellow radical Islamist Mohammed Mizanur Rahman after both being convicted of inviting support for the terrorist group.

Before sentencing them, Mr Justice Holroyde heard that the pair were both living off benefits.

After hearing Mr Rahman's lawyer speak, the judge asked: “Is it not an anathema to be funded by the liberal Western democracy he so adamantly despises?”

MPs have now called for the Home Secretary to be given powers to block hate preachers from receiving benefits.
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The benefits these guys got for hating the country paying them were ridiculous.  Some even got mansions to live in.  The EU had also bared some of these guys from being deported.  It is really an absurd situation.


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