Austria: Muslim employee of Ministry of Social Affairs spread jihadist calls for violence against non-Muslims

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
By Paul Martin

MAR 12, 2019

Those who hired him at the Ministry of Social Affairs would have thought it “Islamophobic” to ask him about his views on jihad. They assumed he was “moderate,” and would have reviled anyone who suggested otherwise as “racist” and “bigoted.

“IS fanatic worked in the Ministry of Social Affairs,” translated from “IS-Fanatiker arbeitete im Sozialministerium,” by C. Oistric, Heute, March 12, 2019 (thanks to Searchlight Germany):

For a year, Emre K., as a contract employee, issued disability passes in the Ministry of Social Affairs. In chats (“Telegram”) and on the web, he pursued the concept of “strike one’s neighbor”:

“He has sent propaganda on the Internet and uploaded files calling for violence in its worst form and for suicide bombers,” said the prosecutor at the trial in Vienna.

“Only virtual violence”

And: “In group chats with IS sympathizers, the defendant shared IS-glorifying views.” Before his trial at the Vienna Regional Court, his mother collapsed, apparently sick with worry. The defendant is not so desperate. So why did the 20-year-old become a jihad fan?

“I did not have that many friends, and was bullied about my hearing aid, and in mosques, they said to me, ‘You’re our brother’ – that gave me hope.”

Then Emre K justified his actions: “I thought it was right to spread all that, but the violence was only virtual.”

The verdict: eight months of unconditional detention and probation. Said attorney Rudolf Mayer on “Today”: “You can not dissuade convicted offenders from their convictions, only deradicalisation measures can help; they have been applied to my client and he has distanced himself from his IS ideas.”

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