Place of Birth: Palestine;
Samer Shehadeh is a 36-year-old Palestinian and a former imam of Prague, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for helping his brother and sister-in-law join a terrorist group and for financing terrorism.
He is found guilty of helping them join the Al-Nusra front, Al-Qaeda’s sister organization in Syria. His brother Omar was sentenced to 11 years and his Czech sister-in-law to six years, Puci added. Both are at large.
Czech police began investigating Shehadeh in 2016 over alleged attempts to radicalize people as he had asked Czech Muslims not to join a Christian mass against terrorism in Prague in August of that year.
Samer was also found to have repeatedly sent money to Al-Nusra through intermediaries. Czech prosecutors filed terrorism-related charges against him and his brother and sister-in-law in early 2018.
Shehadeh was arrested in Jordan before being flown back to the Czech Republic and taken into custody in November 2018.
Shehadeh was also quoted as saying he was proud of having helped his relatives. He maintains he is innocent of supporting terrorism because he regards the Syrian government as illegitimate and does not see Al-Nusra as a terror group.
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