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Court: Islamic group was terror organization

A court in Belgium has declared that a radical Islamic group that recruited youngsters to fight in Syria was a terrorist organization.

Dimitri Bontinck, father of co-defendant and key witness Jejoen Bontinck, speaks to the press as he arrives to the main courthouse in Antwerp, Belgium Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo)
Dimitri Bontinck, father of co-defendant and key witness Jejoen Bontinck, speaks to the press as he arrives to the main courthouse in Antwerp, Belgium Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo)

A court in Belgium has declared that a radical Islamic group that recruited youngsters to fight in Syria was a terrorist organization that wanted to violently overthrow democracy and replace it with strict sharia law.

The court in Antwerp sentenced the group’s “charismatic leader,” Fouad Belkacem, to 12 years’ imprisonment.

Wednesday’s verdicts came in one of Belgium’s biggest ever terror trials — 46 Muslims were indicted, though only a handful appeared in court. Others are believed to be fighting with Sunni armed groups in Syria or to have died in that country’s brutal civil war.