Tuesday 23 January 2018

Austrian boy jailed for terror bomb plan

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag

Renee Du Pris

A 14-year-old boy from Austria who downloaded bomb-making plans onto his PlayStation console was sentenced to a two-year jail term yesterday after pleading guilty to terrorism charges.

As well as researching how to build a bomb, the boy made contact with militants supporting the Isil jihadist group in Syria, prosecutors said ahead of the trial.

Sixteen months of the sentence were suspended. The boy, a Turkish national, will serve what remains of the eight-month custodial term in a juvenile detention centre, a spokeswoman for the court in Sankt Poelten said.

He had been briefly placed in custody in October on suspicion of terrorism-related activity, before being conditionally released. He was detained for a second time in January.

The schoolboy, named only by authorities as Mertkan G, was also found guilty of belonging to a "terrorist" organisation

He had faced up to five years in jail for supporting a terrorist organisation and planning an attack. Those charges were based on data found on the boy's PlayStation, including bomb-building plans downloaded from the internet.

Unconfirmed press reports said that Isil had offered to pay him €25,000 if he managed to carry out the attack.

Irish Independent

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