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Three leading Islamic group members indicted over 'al Qaida propaganda'

Pro secutors in Switzerland have indicted the leader of an Islamic group and two of its top members in connection with alleged propaganda videos posted on YouTube backing al Qaida.

Members of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland allegedly violated Swiss laws that ban al Qaida, the Islamic State group and associated extremist groups, the office of attorney-general Michael Lauber said.

Thursday's indictment targets ICCS president Nicolas Blancho and the unnamed leaders of the organisation's "cultural production" and "public relations and information" departments.

Prosecutors said the videos, made in Syria in 2015, were supportive of al Qaida and were "actively promoted via social media and at a public event" by all three suspects.

Swiss federal authorities have about 60 pending cases linked to "jihadist-motivated terrorism".


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