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Former UK boxing champ charged with encouraging extremism

January 18, 2018

FILE - In this file photo dated Nov. 23, 2015, British former boxing champion Anthony Small. British police said Thursday Jan. 18, 2018, that 36-year old Muslim convert Anthony Small has been charged with encouraging acts of terrorism, after posting a video on social media in September 2016, which they assert violates anti-terrorism laws. (Nick Ansell/PA FILE via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A former British boxing champion has been charged with encouraging extremist violence.

Police said Thursday that 36-year-old Anthony Small has been charged with encouraging acts of terrorism.

They say the London native, a convert to Islam, posted a video on social media in 2016 that violated terrorism laws.

Small is scheduled to appear in Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The former professional boxer, who adopted Sugar Ray Clay Jones Jr. as a nickname for a time, won the British and Commonwealth light middleweight titles in 2009. He is now known as Abdul Haqq.

British officials previously accused Small of supporting the Islamic State group. A jury found him not guilty of plotting to fight with the extremist group in Syria in 2015.

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