11:51AM, Thursday 16 June 2016
The trial of an alleged terrorist sympathiser from Maidenhead has started in London.
Mohammed Choudry, 22, of Laggan Road, faced the court in London alongside four other men for the trial, which started on Thursday.
He is accused of making a speech in Luton on July 2 in which he allegedly encouraged support for Islamic State.
A total of 11 charges have been made against the five defendants, two of whom cannot be named for legal reasons. The defendants deny all of the charges.
Prosecutor Sean Larkin QC opened proceedings at the Old Bailey by reading extracts from speeches made by the defendants which were apparently recorded by an undercover police officer.
Reading a transcript to the jury, Mr Larkin alleged that Choudry had compared the rise of Islamic State to an inescapable wave.
“We need to understand that a wave is coming,” it read.
“Are we going to be the ones who are going to surf on that, or drown?”
Following up, Mr Larkin asked: “What does he mean by that wave, if not the expansion of Islamic State by joining it to serve the wave, or ignoring it to drown?”
He also allegedly invited people listening to the speech to ‘look at the situation in their own communities’ and ask if they were trying as hard at ‘saving them as much as we are trying to save ourselves’.
The trial continues and is set to last five weeks.
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