Swiss suspect arrested over 'jihadist' flight
AFP · 8 Apr 2015, 18:40
Published: 08 Apr 2015 18:40 GMT+02:00
- UN accuses jihadists of atrocities in Iraq (19 Mar 15)
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- Isis video encourages Swiss terror attacks (15 Jan 15)
- Swiss tally ex-residents fighting as jihadists (15 Dec 14)
The man, from the Zurich area, was arrested on Tuesday while seeking to board a plane to Istanbul, Turkey.
The unidentified man was accused of having links to a group banned in Switzerland and supporting a criminal organization.
The arrest demonstrates "the systematic legal pursuit of all people in Switzerland who are trying to take part in jihadist terrorism," the prosecutors said.
Last year, two people were sentenced to prison for backing a criminal organization and public appeals to violence — a reference to internet propaganda.
Three Iraqi men also arrested last year in Switzerland on suspicion of backing the Islamic State group are facing charges.
The rising numbers of Europeans going to fight in Iraq and Syria have worried governments who fear that battle-hardened veterans could return and unleash terror attacks and violence.