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Switzerland: Returning ISIS recruit sentenced to community services

The 30-year-old recent convert to Islam, from the western Swiss canton of Vaud, had 
traveled to Syria late last year to join an ISIS training camp.

The man, whose name was not given, told the broadcaster he had been recruited over 
the Internet.

Switzerland has ordered this returned recruit of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
 group to do 600 hours of community service and will not send him to prison, in the country’s first
 sentencing of a foreign jihadist fighter.

Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber’s ruling went into effect this week, he told 
public broadcaster RTS late Wednesday.

After two weeks in the training camp however, he asked to leave, only to be jailed by 
the militant group, which held him for 54 days, RTS reported.

The man, who has been cooperating with authorities and claims to have cut all ties with 
the jihadist group, was sentenced under a Swiss law against taking part in criminal organizations 
and under a military law against fighting for a foreign army, according to the report.

Thousands of Western volunteers have joined the IS battle to create an Islamic “caliphate” 
straddling Syria and Iraq, heightening fears that radicalized and battle-hardened fighters 
will launch attacks when they return to their home countries.