Hate preacher Anjem Choudary supporter jailed for sharing ISIS propaganda
REUTERS • CENTRAL NEWS Anjem Choudary's supporter Ashvin Gohill is jailed for 18 months
Ashvin Gohill, 37, posted links to speeches by Iraqi jihadi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - the leader of so-called Islamic State - and extremist preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki.
Gohill also used social media to back Choudary and his co-defendant Mohammed Rahman, who were both jailed for five and a half years last September for preaching support for Islamic State.
In one tweet - posted when Choudary was first arrested in December 2015 - Gohill wrote: 'Do you imprison a man because he declares only one god alone should be worshipped? #FreeAnjemChoudary"
Other hashtags he frequently used included #FreeMuslimPrisoners #DemocracyGoToHell
Judge Anuja Dhir, QC, told Gohill: 'You used Facebook and Twitter accounts to distribute material that could have influenced one of its recipients to act in a way that could have catastrophic consequences.
"The charges concern two postings which were about two months apart.
"The material put before me by the prosecution leaves me in no doubt that at the time of committing these offences you were radicalised and had extremist views which you shared with others."
CENTRAL NEWS Ashvin Gohill posted links to speeches by Iraqi jihadi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
You used Facebook and Twitter accounts to distribute material
Judge Anuja Dhir
Commenting on a video posted by Gohill titled 'The Ruling of Insulting the Prophet', Judge Dhir QC said: "The words are persuasive and the voice seductive - the message chilling."
She added: "Everyone needs to understand the possible consequences of such actions and that anyone who disseminates this kind of material has to go to prison."
Gohill pleaded guilty to two counts of disseminating terrorist material on 27 December 15 and 18 February 2016 relating to the speech by al-Baghdadi and a PDF of a banned document titled 'The rule of consulting the Prophet' by al-Awlaki.
Timeline outlines the history of Anjem Choudary
He frequently posted messages supporting Islamic State or extremist preachers and links to articles supporting women wearing the hijab and Sharia law in Britain.
In a message posted on Facebook he wrote: "Islam isn't a religion of peace it's a religion of justice. If you want to rape our sisters and slaughter our bretherin don't expect justice."
Another read: "Looks like Islam is taking over Europe the whole world will be praying #CreepingSharia"
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Islam4UK Spokesman Anjem Choudary leaves a press conference in Millbank Studios on January 12, 2010. The radical Islamic group had planned to stage a march through Wootton Bassett to honour Muslims who have been killed in the conflict in Afghanistan
In one sick tweet he posted a link to the exectution of a Jordanian pilot who was burned alive in a cage by ISIS.
Beneath he wrote: "Yes, ISIS burned a man alive. Israel's did more and the Americans did the same thing to thousands of black people! Wat da problem iz?"
Gohill, of Greenford Avenue, Hanwell, west London, admitted two counts of disseminating terrorist material and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.