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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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Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

Prosecutors in Sweden are now treating the murder at the Almedalen political festival as a terror crime, with the country's Säpo security police taking over the investigation.

Swedish prosecutors upgrade Almedalen knife attack to terror crime

In a press release issued on Monday evening, the Swedish Prosecution Authority, said that the 32-year-old attacker, Theodor Engström, was now suspected of the crime of “terrorism through murder”, and also “preparation for a terror crime through preparation for murder”. 

Engström stabbed the psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren last Wednesday as she was on her way to moderate a seminar at the Almedalen political festival on the island of Gotland. 

Although he was a former member of the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, police said his motive seemed to be to protest against Sweden’s psychiatry services, who he felt had treated his own mental illness badly. 

The release gave no details as to why the 32-year-old was now being investigated for a more serious crime, but terror expert Magnus Ranstorp told the Expressen newspaper that the shift indicated that police had uncovered new evidence. 

READ ALSO: What do we now know about the Almedalen knife attack? 

“The new crime classification means that they’ve either found a political motive for the attack which meets the threshold for terrorism, and that might be a political motive for murdering Ing-Marie Wieselgren,” he said. “Or they might have discovered that he was scouting out a politician, or another target that could be considered political.” 

Engström’s defence lawyer said last week that his client, who he described as disturbed and incoherent, had spoken in police interrogations of having “a higher-up target”. 

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