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Austria Sentences IS Recruiter to 20-Year Prison Term

FILE - Militant Islamist fighters on a tank take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province.

An Austrian court on Wednesday sentenced a Serbian-born Islamic preacher and jihad propagandist to a 20-year prison sentence after the man was found guilty of recruiting young people for the Islamic State terrorist group.

The 34-year-old man known only by his alias, Ebu Tejma, was sentenced just before midnight Wednesday in the southern city of Graz. Tejma, according to a public prosecutor, “brainwashed” dozens of young people into joining the terrorist organization in Syria.

Prosecutors painted Tejma as a “key figure” pushing IS propaganda in Europe and inciting terror attacks. He was arrested in 2014 during a crackdown on jihadist networks in Austria.

Another man, identified as Mucharbek T., was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for recruiting for IS and participating in attacks in Syria.