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Chechen Imam In Austria Denies He Recruited For Syria War | Euro

World Bulletin/News Desk A Muslim cleric of Chechen origin who was arrested in Austria this month has denied allegations that he recruited young Muslim men to fight in Syria, a magazine reported on Saturday. Authorities in Graz took the suspect, 41, into custody after raiding buildings belonging to the city's Taqwa Islamic community. The man, whose name has forex not been disclosed, is suspected of encouraging several young Chechen refugees to join the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The authorities say four of them had died in combat. His arrest is one of several in Europe in recent months amid fears that fighters returning from Syria could stage attacks on European soil. The man told Profil magazine he was innocent and that he had in fact warned Chechens against joining the war in Syria. "I recall a sermon last summer in which I said Syrians had to solve their problems themselves because foreign groups could primarily cause harm. Chechens have nothing to seek in Syria," he said. <br>More:

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