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Germany: Syrian refugee sentenced to 5 years for IS membership and planning attack02:02

Germany: Syrian refugee sentenced to 5 years for IS membership and planning attack

Germany, Berlin
May 19, 2017 at 16:31 GMT -00:00 · Published

A 20-year-old Syrian asylum seeker, Shaas al-Mohammad, was sentenced to five years in a juvenile prison, in Berlin, on Friday, convicted of membership in the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and helping plan an attack in Berlin that was never carried out.

"The state security senate has sentenced the defendant to five years in juvenile prison. The defendant was found guilty of being a member of the foreign terrorist organisation IS [Islamic State] in 150 cases," Berlin Prosecutor Gerwin Moldenhauer told journalists.

However, Al-Mohammad’s lawyer Tarig Elobied suggested that the sentence was too long for those charges being filed to the court.

Al-Mohammad allegedly joined IS as a teenager in Syria in 2013 and remained in the service of the terrorist organisation after coming to Germany as an asylum seeker in summer 2015.

During the investigation phone records and other evidence reportedly showed that al-Mohammad was scouting out potential targets in Berlin and sending his IS associates details about tourist groups visiting capital's most popular sights.

Germany: Syrian refugee sentenced to 5 years for IS membership and planning attack02:02
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A 20-year-old Syrian asylum seeker, Shaas al-Mohammad, was sentenced to five years in a juvenile prison, in Berlin, on Friday, convicted of membership in the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and helping plan an attack in Berlin that was never carried out.

"The state security senate has sentenced the defendant to five years in juvenile prison. The defendant was found guilty of being a member of the foreign terrorist organisation IS [Islamic State] in 150 cases," Berlin Prosecutor Gerwin Moldenhauer told journalists.

However, Al-Mohammad’s lawyer Tarig Elobied suggested that the sentence was too long for those charges being filed to the court.

Al-Mohammad allegedly joined IS as a teenager in Syria in 2013 and remained in the service of the terrorist organisation after coming to Germany as an asylum seeker in summer 2015.

During the investigation phone records and other evidence reportedly showed that al-Mohammad was scouting out potential targets in Berlin and sending his IS associates details about tourist groups visiting capital's most popular sights.

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