Austria's first trial of alleged Islamic State fighter starts

January 22, 2015 11:17 AM

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Austria's first trial of alleged Islamic State fighter starts

KREMS, Austria (Reuters) - A 30-year old Chechen who Austrian authorities accuse of fighting with Islamic State jihadists in Syria in 2013 and sending them money pleaded not guilty when the country's first such trial opened on Thursday.

Prosecutors allege Magomed Z., a Russian national, trained with IS in Syria between July and December 2013, fighting with the group, adopting its "nationality" and sending it $800.

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