Islamist jailed for sharing Al-Nusra propaganda
The Local · 7 Jun 2016, 18:34
Published: 07 Jun 2016 18:34 GMT+02:00
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The 29-year-old man entered the country as an asylum seeker and managed to get a job working as a translator in the Bavarian town of Freilassing.
But he was arrested for being an Al-Nusra Front militant when photos were found on his phone during a security check which showed him wearing combat gear and wielding a machine gun. Islamist propaganda texts were also found on the device.
The man claimed that he had only taken the pictures on his phone so that he could escape from Syria by pretending to support the Islamist cause.
When asked if he used them for propaganda or anything else, he denied it and said he didn't even properly understand how Facebook worked, insisting that he was a pacifist.
But the court heard that the images had been shared by the man on his Facebook page despite him claiming he did not understand how the social media platform worked. They found that he had also boasted to other people from his homeland that he had fought in Syria.
The man was escorted by heavily armed guards for a court appearance this week during which he was convicted of being a member of the terror organisation Al-Nusra Front.
The court heard that the incriminating material included promotional literature for the Al-Nusra Front, otherwise known as al-Qaeda in Syria.
He apparently joined the terror organisation in 2013 and then was sent to Austria in October last year.
Story courtesy of Central European News