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British men charged in connection with Muhammad cartoons protest

[JURIST] British police have said that Anjem Choudary [Wikipedia profile] and Abdul Muhid now face criminal charges stemming from their roles in the February 3 demonstration outside the Danish embassy in London against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] that were initially printed in a Danish newspaper in September 2005. The men were originally arrested March 15 [JURIST report] along with three other individuals suspected in the cartoon protest. Muhid will appear in court Saturday on charges of soliciting to murder, while Choudary will face charges May 11 for organizing the demonstration without contacting police officials.

Choudary served as the former head al-Muhajiroun [Wikipedia backgrounder], a controversial Islamist group banned from Britain in 2005. BBC News has more.

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