Swiss Islamist Radical Facing Trial for Running Islamic State News Agency

Swiss Islamist Radical Facing Trial for Running Islamic State News Agency


A Swiss man from the city of St. Gallen is facing trial after allegedly distributing propaganda for the Islamic State terrorist group between February 2018 and October 2019.

The 27-year-old man, identified only by his initials A.Z., is set to face trial in the Federal Criminal Court of Bellinzona beginning on October 7th after being indicted by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) for spreading terrorist propaganda.

According to a report from the Swiss tabloid Blick, the suspect is fluent in German, English, and Arabic and claimed to work as a translator on the career networking platform LinkedIn.

In particular, the Swiss suspect is believed to have had a hand in translating Islamic State press releases into English and spreading them over encrypted messaging apps such as Telegram as well as on social media platforms like Twitter.

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