Terrorism suspects indicted in Swiss court

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The Swiss justice authorities have filed an indictment against two suspects for terror offences. The charges include travelling to a Middle East conflict zone controlled by the Islamic State organisation, which is banned in Switzerland.

This content was published on July 6, 2020 - 12:13

The two suspects, a Swiss citizen and a Swiss-Tunisian dual national, were arrested at Zurich airport more than four years ago and placed in pre-trial detention on their return from a trip to Turkey, according to the Office of the Attorney General on Monday.

According to the indictment, both men identified with ideology of IS and were part of a group of people that underwent training in Switzerland and neighbouring France to join IS.

The indictment also includes allegations of recruiting and the indoctrination of other people for the terrorist group, of making use of the IS network to receive logistical support and advice and of supporting the illegal organisation financially.

“The indictment (…) is in line with the policy of prosecuting anyone in Switzerland who tries to participate in Jihadist-motivated terrorism (…),” a statementExternal link said.

A date for a trial still has to be set.

The federal justice authorities say they are currently conducting about 70 criminal proceedings against suspected Jihadists.

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