Muslim convert who agitated for sharia state in UK given groundbreaking asbo
Jordan Horner told by Old Bailey judge to stop preaching in public – a legal first – after promoting extreme versions of Islam
The Guardian, Saturday 15 February 2014
Jordan Horner, a Muslim convert, took part in vigilante patrols and promoted extremist material. Photograph: Metropolitan police/PA
A Muslim convert who targeted members of the public as part of a campaign for a sharia state in Britain has been given a groundbreaking asbo, police have said.
Jordan Horner, 20, from northeast London has been ordered to stop preaching in public, in a legal first.
He had taken part in vigilante patrols and street protests promoting extreme versions of Islam in the city's East End.
He is also thought to have distributed leaflets and posters advertising a "sharia controlled zone" in Waltham Forest, the Metropolitan police said.
Horner appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday, where a series of restrictions were imposed.
Among these was an order not to meet with Anjem Choudary, Royal Barnes, Ricardo McFarlane or Dean Le Page "except for peaceful worship inside a mosque or other Islamic cultural centre". [Why not Trevor Brooks as well? Hmm]
Barnes, 23, of Hackney, east London, this week pleaded guilty to posting videos on YouTube glorifying the horrific killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in May last year.
Barnes and his wife, Rebekah Dawson, 22, recorded and uploaded three videos shortly after the murder in Woolwich, south London.
In one of the videos posted through his Musa Real Talks account, Barnes hailed the murder as a "brilliant day".
In a followup, he mocked the outpouring of public grief, laughing uncontrollably as he drove past floral tributes.
He admitted three counts of disseminating a terrorist publication and one of inciting murder during a hearing at the Old Bailey. He is currently awaiting sentence.
He was also told he must not be in possession of a loudhailer in public or enter any educational establishment, unless he is a student there.
As well as being forbidden to preach and hand out leaflets in support of sharia law, Horner was banned from defacing public adverts.
The Met said: "Waltham Forest is one of London's most culturally diverse boroughs with almost half of its 235,000 residents being of a minority ethnic origin and from a multitude of religious backgrounds.
"Discrimination and persecution based on a person's cultural or religious background is something the police or council will not tolerate.
Chief Superintendent Mark Collins – Waltham Forest borough's commander – said: "The granting of an asbo against Jordan Horner sends a clear message that extremist behaviour will not be tolerated on our streets."
The asbo will run for five years and be in effect throughout London.
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