Vienna court jails jihadi man and teen bride
The Local · 11 Feb 2016, 07:51
Published: 11 Feb 2016 07:51 GMT+01:00
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The court heard that the 25-year-old man who had been jailed in Pakistan had met the 17-year-old girl over the Internet and they had fallen in love.
The 17-year-old is the daughter of parents who moved to Austria from Turkey 30 years ago, who said they were shocked when she suddenly turned up with the 25-year-old, who announced he had married her under Shariah law and that she was now his wife.
They said that they had reluctantly accepted it, and watched how she dropped out of school, stopped wearing fashionable clothes in favour of a veil, and had even said nothing when their new son-in-law apparently started to talk about fighting between October 2011 and August 2013 on the Pakistani-Afghan border.
He had also reportedly told them he had undergone weapons training and faith training.
Local media reported that after his experiences on the frontline he was eventually arrested and jailed in Pakistan. But the man had reportedly been released when his father back in Vienna paid a substantial amount of money to bring his son home.
After finding himself a bride, the man had wanted to head back to Syria via Turkey but when the young girl's family realised they were missing, they raised the alarm and the couple were arrested at Vienna airport as they tried to leave the country.
The girl's father told the judge that they tried to be understanding but they were not prepared to see her throw away her life by moving to a war zone. He said that he had told the couple that when the war was over they could go to Syria, but it was madness to live there until that.
The man denied the charges and claimed he had only been jailed in Pakistan because he did not have the proper residence permit. However the pair were still convicted, with the 25-year-old jailed for 22 months, while the teenager was given a 14-month suspended sentence.
Both can still appeal the sentences.
Story courtesy of Central European News.