Charges brought against ex-head of the Islamic Culture Center of Latvia
The Riga District Prosecutor’s Office has brought charges against the former head of the Islamic Culture Center of Latvia Olegs Petrovs for illegal participation in the Syria conflict on the side of the Islamic State.
Taking into account that this person has fled Latvia, and his location is not known, an international arrest warrant will be issued. The criminal process against Petrovs will be suspended until he is returned to Latvia and taken into custody, Kristine Sutugina from the Prosecutor’s Office said.
The investigative news program Neka Personiga reported last year that Petrovs disappeared from Latvia with his wife in 2015. A video posted on Youtube shows Petrovs addressing viewers from a Muslim country, most likely Syria or Iraq. In the video, he congratulates the terrorists who carried out the terrorist attacks in France and praised Jihad.
The Security Police have confirmed that three residents of Latvia are currently being probed for their unlawful participation in the armed conflict in Syria. One of the people accused of the above crime is Petrovs, the former leader of the Latvian Islamic Culture Center, who had been vocally supporting the terrorist attacks in France, and extolling Jihad in his posts on the Internet.