13 Jan 2010

Britain bans Islamist group

9:05 am on 13 January 2010

The British government is banning a controversial Islamist group, Islam4UK, under anti-terrorism laws.

The group provoked anger last week by organising an anti-war demonstration, which was later cancelled, the BBC reports.

The protest was to have taken place in the town of Wootton Bassett, which has become known for its public tributes to British military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Britain's ban on the group also applies to the group's other names, including al-Muhajiroun.

Britain's Home Secretary, Alan Johnson, said the group was already proscribed under the names of al-Ghurabaa and The Saved Sect.

"We are clear that an organisation should not be able to circumvent proscription by simply changing its name," he said.

Islam4UK spokesman Anjem Choudary told BBC Radio 4 the group is an ideological and political organisation and is not involved in violence.