SOFIA: A Bulgarian imam was jailed for eight and a half years on Tuesday (Dec 10) for spreading the ideas of the Islamic State group and propagating hatred and war on religious grounds.
The regional court in the southern city of Pazardzhik also handed down lesser sentences to 13 followers of imam Ahmed Moussa Ahmed, who hails from Bulgaria's minority Roma group.
He was found guilty of preaching the ideas of IS and for helping would-be jihadists passing through Bulgaria on their way to fight in Syria, the court said.
In his preachings in the Pazardzhik mosque, Moussa had also incited hatred and urged his followers to wage war on religious grounds, it added.
Thirteen of Moussa's followers – 12 men and one woman – were also found guilty of spreading hatred on religious grounds and propagating war.
The men were jailed for periods ranging from one year to three and a half years and the woman was handed a suspended sentence of two and a half years.
Moussa had already been convicted overRead More – Source