Man convicted of supporting al-Qaida in Germany

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Posted: Mar 22, 2012 5:50 AM
Man convicted of supporting al-Qaida in Germany

A German court has convicted a 26-year-old stateless man of Palestinian origin of supporting al-Qaida and sentenced him to five years in prison.

The dapd news agency reported that the Koblenz state court found Hussam S., whose full name wasn't provided in accordance with German privacy laws, guilty Thursday of two counts of supporting a terrorist organization and gave him the maximum sentence.

The defendant, who was born in Syria and moved to Germany in 1990, posted videos, audio and texts on the Internet praising jihad, or holy war.

Among other things, he published seven videos of attacks and beheadings by several Islamist groups from September 2007 to December 2009 and posted 78 online messages trying to recruit members for al-Qaida and other terror groups.