Men convicted for radical internet posts
The Local · 29 Sep 2011, 06:16
Published: 29 Sep 2011 06:16 GMT+02:00
The men, identified only as Daniel P., Jonas T. and Salim Mohammed A., each received punishments ranging from community service to one-and-a-half years probation for their crimes, reported the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Prosecutors described the three as victims of a seductive anti-Western ideology that gave them a community and a sense of belonging when they had none. All three came from troubled backgrounds that appear to have made them more vulnerable to radical ideology.
The 28-year-old Daniel P. had been a drug addict, experimenting with “everything from A to Z” before Islam helped him to give up, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.
Jonas T., 20, had fallen into depression while caring for his terminally ill father and sought out radical websites. Salim Mohammed A., now 19, had reportedly rebelled against teachers and played truant from school.
They had participated in a movement called the Global Islamic Front, which posted propaganda online to support Islamic jihad. Other alleged members of the group have been convicted or are in the process of being prosecuted.