Austria's news in English

Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Teen sentenced for praising Isis

Share this article

Teen sentenced for praising Isis
Empty courtroom. File photo: APA
09:37 CET+01:00
A 17-year-old from Lower Austria has received an 18-month conditional prison sentence for glorifying terrorist acts carried out by Isis - the Islamist group also known as Islamic State.

The trial was held behind closed doors in St. Pölten due to the defendant's age.

The young man told the judge that he had converted to Islam because he felt his life was dreary and meaningless. He then became radicalized and began praising terrorist acts carried out by Isis on his WhatsApp and Facebook accounts.

The verdict is not final and can still be appealed. 

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

How and why learning a new language messes with your old one

Many people report forgetting words or phrases from their native language when they learn a second language. The Local explored this linguistic phenomenon, known as first-language attrition.