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Bosnia Jails Imam For Recruiting Islamic State Fighters

A Bosnian court has jailed a Muslim cleric for seven years for recruiting volunteers for extremist activities in Syria and Iraq.

Announcing the verdict on November 5, Judge Amela Huskic said Husein Bosnic used "skillful oral manipulation" to lure believers into joining the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

Bosnic was sentenced under a law passed last year aimed at curbing recruitment and discouraging young Bosnians from joining radical Islamist groups abroad.

In the first verdict under the new law, four other people were convicted last month for financing terrorist activities and recruiting Bosnians to fight in Syria, and given sentences of up to to 3-1/2 years in prison.

Nearly half of Bosnia's population is Muslim. Police estimate some 200 Bosnians have left to enter Syria over the past three years, of whom more than 50 later returned home while about 30 were killed.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters