UK Moves to Ban Controversial Islamist Group

January 12, 2010

Author: Raphael G. Satter

Source: Forbes

Wire Service: AP

The British government banned an Islamist group notorious for glorifying al-Qaida and tied to terror plots at home and abroad, but its Lebanon-based spiritual leader promised to reorganize under a different name.

The group, Islam4UK, will be banned starting Thursday. Its British leader, Anjem Choudary, had threatened to organize a march of hundreds of protesters through the streets of a small market town known for honoring British soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The latest ban puts the group in the same league as terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida and the Tamil Tigers. It could lead to the arrest of anyone meeting under the Islam4UK name or using the group's insignia.

The group, previously known as Al-Muhajiroun, was banned before, only to change its name and resurface.