Austria: 14-year-old Muslim jailed on jihad terror charges
“Austrian boy sentenced to jail on terrorism charges,” Reuters, May 26, 2015:
A 14-year-old boy from Austria who downloaded bomb-making plans onto his Playstation games console was sentenced to a two-year jail term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to terrorism charges, a court spokeswoman said.
As well as researching how to build a bomb, the boy made contact with militants supporting the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, prosecutors said ahead of the trial.
Sixteen months of the sentence were suspended. The boy, a Turkish national, will serve what remains of the eight-month custodial term in a juvenile detention centre, the spokeswoman for the regional court in Sankt Poelten said.
He had been briefly placed in investigative custody in October on suspicion of terrorism-related activity, before being conditionally released. He was detained for a second time in January.
He had faced up to five years in jail for supporting a terrorist organisation and planning an attack.
Those charges were based on data found on the boy’s Playstation, including bomb-building plans downloaded from the internet, prosecutors said.
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