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Swiss probe Islamic group member's 'propaganda' video

Swiss prosecutors probe senior member of Islamic group over 'propaganda' video from Syria

Swiss probe Islamic group member's 'propaganda' video

BERLIN (AP) -- Swiss prosecutors say they have opened a criminal investigation against a senior member of a Muslim advocacy group over a video he made, allegedly for propaganda purposes, of a trip to Syria.

Federal prosecutors say the man -- identified only as a German citizen and member of the board of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland -- "is accused of having interviewed a senior member of the jihad umbrella organization Jaish al-Fatah, of which the Syrian al-Qaida branch Jabhat al-Nusra is also a member."

In a statement Saturday, prosecutors said they launched the probe because he made the video "without explicitly distancing himself from al-Qaida activities in Syria."

Federal prosecutors are currently engaged in 46 criminal proceedings "in conjunction with the topic of jihad-motivated terrorism," primarily over suspected propaganda offenses.

Updated : 2021-06-22 18:57 GMT+08:00