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Austrian court convicts 2 in terror case

Austrian court convicts 2 in terror case

An Austrian court on Thursday convicted a young couple of making online terror threats on targets in Germany and Austria.
The 23-year-old man, identified only as Mohamed M., was found guilty of involvement in a March 2007 video threatening Austria and Germany with attacks if they did not withdraw military personnel from Afghanistan. The video also endorsed jihad and called for attacks during the Euro 2008 football championships. He was sentenced to four years in prison.
His 22-year-old wife, identified as Mona S., was convicted for helping him, mostly by translating texts. She was sentenced to 22 months in prison.
The verdict by a Vienna court late Thursday is the same as one handed down in March. Austria's highest court had ordered a retrial in August.
The court on Thursday also determined that both husband and wife participated in a terrorist network and that Mohamed M., through his involvement in the online video, had pursued al-Qaida goals.
Mohamed M., who had pleaded not guilty at the start of the retrial in November, stressed his innocence again Thursday.
"We are not terrorists!" he told the court in comments quoted by the Austria Press Agency.
The couples' lawyer has appealed the ruling.


Updated : 2021-04-19 04:18 GMT+08:00