A United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean science teacher, William Chinyanga (50), has appeared in court facing four counts of encouraging terrorism.
Chinyanga was arrested on February 25 last year by officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and appeared in court on January 13 charged with four counts of encouraging terrorism.
On Friday, Chinyanga appeared at the Old Bailey for a preliminary hearing in his case.
The charges relate to speeches the Zimbabwean-born teacher allegedly shared on Facebook in early December 2019.
Chinyanga allegedly posted videos on his Facebook page encouraging viewers to burn down petrol stations and businesses in Harare.
The judge heard that Chinyanga, who resides in Archway, north London, is a campaigner for political change in Zimbabwe.
Justice Sweeney set a provisional trial date of January 10, 2022, with a further preparatory hearing on May 28.