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Austrian parents jailed for taking children to IS-held parts of Syria, showing them execution videos

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An Austrian court has sentenced two couples to up to 10 years in jail for taking their 8 children, including a 2-year-old toddler, to war-torn Syria in 2014, where the kids had to watch brutal Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) execution videos.

Two couples travelled to Syria with their eight children in December 2014 – the youngest of whom was two years old at the moment, the eldest – seven, APA (Austria Press Agency) reported.

While they were housed by Islamic State, the two families lived on their own, spending money they brought from Austria.

Their children had to watch brutal execution videos, propagated by IS, and one seven-year-old boy even saw a beheading live and up close, Austrian newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten reported on Friday.

When life in Syria turned out to be less idyllic than the parents had hoped, the family fled to Turkey, but was eventually deported back to Austria, where the children were taken into care.

The prosecutor in the southern city Graz demanded a “severe, really harsh punishment” for the four defendants, the newspaper reported. They had joined Islamic State, a “gang of murderers, rapists, slaveholders and really bad guys,” the prosecutor said.



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