Islamist charged with terror recruitment

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Ubaydullah Hussain, an Oslo-based Islamist best known as the spokesman for a local fundamentalist group, reportedly has been charged with violating a Norwegian law that forbids supporting, taking part in or recruiting members to a terrorist organization.

Line Nygård, a prosecutor for police intelligence agency PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste), confirmed to state broadcaster NRK on Monday that PST has an ongoing investigation in which” two people are charged with participating in, supporting or recruiting for terror.”

She wouldn’t confirm any names, but referred to the investigation where two people already are charged with violating Norway’s anti-terror law. That’s in line with the charges earlier brought against Hussain and an 18-year-old Norwegian who was arrested as he was boarding a flight in Sweden in June.

Hussain had driven him to the airport in Gothenburg, and police believe he supported and was about to join the brutal Islamic extremist organization IS. Hussain and the 18-year-old reportedly had unusually close contact during the weeks leading up to his flight to Rhodes in Greece, speaking 266 times on the phone durng three months before his thwarted departure. Police believe the 18-year-old intended to travel from Rhodes on to Syria to join IS.

newsinenglish.no staff