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Austria Sentences IS Recruiter to 20-Year Prison Term

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.

Source: Voice of America