The radical British-Pakistani cleric Anjem Choudary has been charged with a terrorism offence for encouraging support for Islamic State.
The Metropolitan Police on Wednesday said the 48-year-old faces a charge of inviting support for a banned organization through a lecture published online.
Choudary will appear at Westminster magistrates court later today.
Sue Hemming, head of counter-terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “Following an investigation by the Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command, we have today authorised charges against Anjem Choudary.
“We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute Anjem Choudary for inviting support for Islamic State, a proscribed terrorist organisation, between 29 June 2014 and 6 March this year.”
Choudary is charged alongside another man, Mohammed Rahman, 31.