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Radical preacher Anjem Choudary to be sentenced

FILE - This is a Friday, April 3, 2015 file photo of Anjem Choudary, a British Muslim social and political activist and spokesman for Islamist group, Islam4UK, speaks following prayers at the Central London Mosque in Regent's Park, London. Choudary nne of Britain's best-known radical preachers Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016 was  sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison for encouraging support for the Islamic State group. The 49-year-old  Choudary has been one of the best-known faces of radical Islam in Britain for years.  (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

FILE - This is a Friday, April 3, 2015 file photo of Anjem Choudary, a British Muslim social and political activist and spokesman for Islamist group, Islam4UK, speaks following prayers at the Central London Mosque in Regent's Park, London. Choudary nne of Britain's best-known radical preachers Tuesday Sept. 6, 2016 was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison for encouraging support for the Islamic State group. The 49-year-old Choudary has been one of the best-known faces of radical Islam in Britain for years.  (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)  (The Associated Press)

A radical preacher in Britain faces a decade in prison for encouraging support for the Islamic State group.

Anjem Choudary, a 49-year-old firebrand who has been one of the best-known faces of radical Islam in Britain for years, was convicted in July and is due to be sentenced on Tuesday. Authorities see him as a key voice radicalizing young Muslims.

He gained attention for headline-grabbing statements that provoked outrage but stayed within the bounds of the law, such as protesting outside the U.S. Embassy on the anniversary of Sept. 11.

But the London-born preacher ran into trouble in 2014 after his name appeared on an oath declaring the legitimacy of the "proclaimed Islamic Caliphate State."

Choudary said the oath had been made without his knowledge.