Three terror suspects released in Austria

17th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Three of the four people arrested in Vienna Wednesday on suspicion of terrorist activities, have been released, Austria's interior ministry announced Friday.

The three, who were arrested at Vienna airport apparently on their way to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, were released from custody Wednesday evening, ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia said.

There were no grounds to detain them further, Gollia said, noting however that they were brought in again for questioning on Thursday.

Their suspected recruiter, a 25-year-old Austrian national who is a convert to Islam, remained in custody.

The suspect, who has been named only as Thomas al-J., was arrested Wednesday in his Vienna flat on suspicion of recruiting for terror training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan and of financing a terrorist organisation -- the German Taliban Mujahideen (DTM).

Investigators believe a Vienna mosque to be at the centre of the recruitment of radical Islamists.

Austria last year passed a law that foresees up to five years in prison for any person attending a terror camp abroad.

© 2011 AFP

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