Convicted Islamic State terrorist worked security at Vienna vaccination site

A 21-year-old who was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a co-worker has turned out to be a former Islamic State terrorist who managed to get a job as security at China’s largest coronavirus vaccination site. Austria.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January after allegations he tried to impose himself on one of his colleagues at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) where he worked as a security guard, who also serves largest coronavirus vaccination site in Wuhan. in the countryside.

The man was charged with the alleged sexual assault on Wednesday and his criminal history first became known as the court noted that in 2017, when the man was 17, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for being a member of a terrorist group. organization but only spent ten months behind bars.

The previous year, the man had attempted to join the Islamic State terror group and receive combat training in Syria, but was arrested by Turkish authorities in the southern border town of Gaziantep in May 2016 and returned to Austria, Kronen Zeitung reports.

Just months after being returned to Austria by Turkish authorities, the man was caught trying to recruit eleven and twelve-year-old boys from a park for the terror group in July of that year.

Neither the Austrian Center in Vienna nor the aid organization Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund which runs the vaccination center claims to have knowledge of the man’s criminal history.

β€œThe security company in question is a reputable company and has provided us with police checks on all employees employed at ACV. We are shocked by what happened. We would like to express our sympathy to the victim and hope for a speedy legal clarification,” the aid organization said.

The 21-year-old, who is still an ACV employee, claimed he was innocent of sexual abuse and rape charges against his colleague, saying the sex between the two was consensual.

Radical Islamic extremism remains a major problem in Austria and the country is said to have one of the highest numbers of residents going abroad to fight for Islamic terrorist groups per capita in Europe, according to the Journal for Deradicalization, an academic journal on a reading committee.

Islamic State also played a role in the 2020 Vienna terror attack which killed four people by shooting at the hands of terrorist Kujtim Fejzulla, who was allegedly in contact with a German member of the terror group as well as a Turkish supporter of The Islamic State. .

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