Jihad recruiter sentenced to 20 years in Austria
Published: 14 Jul 2016 07:40 GMT+02:00
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The 34-year-old “brainwashed” dozens of people aged between 14 and 30, according to the public prosecutor, and recruited a number of them to fight for the jihadist organisation in Syria.
A court in the southern city of Graz found the preacher, who goes by the name of Ebu Tejma, guilty of belonging to a terrorist organisation and of inciting terrorist attacks following a trial that has been running since February.
Tejma fled from Bosnia to Vienna following the break-up of Yugoslavia and preached in various Austrian and southern German cities, becoming a “key figure” in pushing IS propaganda, the prosecution said.
He was arrested during a far-reaching crackdown on Austrian jihadist networks in 2014 and denies the charges against him.