Mus­lim leader un­der probe over ji­hadist pro­pa­ganda

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SWISS pros­e­cu­tors said a crim­i­nal probe into sus­pected ji­hadist pro­pa­ganda has been ex­panded to in­clude the leader of the coun­try’s largest Is­lamic or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The of­fice of Switzer­land’s at­tor­ney gen­eral con­firmed that Ni­co­las Blan­cho, of the Is­lamic Cen­tral Coun­cil of Switzer­land (ICCS), was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ICCS slammed the move as “po­lit­i­cal” and said it was ready to “counter the ac­cu­sa­tions”.

Pros­e­cu­tors opened the case last De­cem­ber, charg­ing that an ICCS board mem­ber – Ger­man na­tional Naim Ch­erni – had vi­o­lated “the pro­hi­bi­tion of groups like al-Qaeda, Is­lamic State and sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions”.

He was sus­pected of cre­at­ing “for pro­pa­ganda pur­poses” a video from a trip into parts of war-rav­aged Syria, “with­out hav­ing ex­plic­itly dis­tanced him­self from al-Qaeda ac­tiv­i­ties”.

The at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice said its probe “has been ex­panded to the pres­i­dent of the ICCS and to one other ICCS com­mit­tee mem­ber”, who was iden­ti­fied by the or­gan­i­sa­tion as its spokesper­son, Qaasim Illi. –

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