Anjem Choudary, who preached hate over two decades with seeming impunity from legal punishment, has been jailed for five years and six months for his activities to support Islamic State.

Choudary was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London after his conviction in July of urging Muslims to support Isis in a series of talks posted on YouTube. He was convicted alongside his acolyte Mohammed Rahman, 33, who was also sentenced to five years and six months in prison. Choudary's supporters in the public gallery shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) as the judge finished sentencing.

The offence carried a maximum of ten years in jail and Choudary will serve two years behind bars, which he believes will be wholly or mostly spent in solitary confinement, to stop him turning vulnerable inmates towards terrorism.

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