al-Qaida Converts to Islam Islam in France



Regrets that he got caught.

He got only a year for working in a terrorist network?

‘Regretful’ Normandy cyber-jihadist jailed

'Regretful' Normandy cyber-jihadist jailed

Members of the jihadist group Al-Nusra Front, bearing the flag of Al-Qaeda in Syria where hundreds of French nationals have benn fighting. Photo: Guillaume Briquet/AFP

Published: 05 Mar 2014 08:45 GMT+01:00

A French webmaster was handed a one-year jail sentence in a Paris court on Tuesday after being convicted of inciting and glorifying terrorism. The Muslim convert translated Al Qaeda propaganda into French before uploading it onto the web, but said he regretted his actions.

The 26-year-old, identified as Romain, was detained in September last year in the Normandy department of Calvados, where he lives.

Prosecutors say he acted as administrator of the Ansar al Haqq website, a “reference” for the radical Islamist movement, and as a translator of “Inspire” magazine, which is put out by militant group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Paris prosecutors said.

His arrest was the first made under a new law passed in the aftermath of the Toulouse shootings, carried out by self-proclaimed Al-Qaeda inspired gunman Mohamed Merah. The government reacted to the shocking killings by making incitement to terrorism an offence punishable by five years in prison and a fine of up to €45,000 ($61,800).

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