Muslim leader under probe over jihadist propaganda
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. –