LONDON: A Birmingham-based Muslim ‘Imam’, on trial to be extradited to Spain where he is wanted on terrorism charges, has told a UK court that he is an “anti- terrorist preacher”.
Tarik Chadlioui, accused of being a recruiter for the Islamic State (ISIS) through extremist videos, was one of six people arrested across Europe in June as part of a Spanish investigation into support for the terrorist group.
Spanish authorities allege Chadlioui made three videos for extremist forces in Syria, during two visits to Mallorca in 2014 and 2015.
The 43-year-old faces a charge of collaboration with, or membership of, an armed group for which the maximum sentence is 20 years’ imprisonment.
“He has uploaded thousands of videos to YouTube. This is what he does, he is an anti-terrorist preacher,” Malcolm Hawkes, Chadlioui’s barrister, told Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London yesterday. Chadlioui, a Belgian national of Middle Eastern origin, moved to the Sparkhill area of Birmingham in 2015, where he lives with his family comprising eight children.