Published: 27 July 2017 Thursday, 05:00 AM
Bonn, 27 July (deutschenews24.de/dpa)- Sven Lau, a German-born Islamist known for attempts to enforce strict Islamic law, or sharia, in German public spaces, was sentenced on Wednesday to five-and-a-half years in prison.
The 35-year-old, who was born in the west German city of Moenchengladbach and converted to Islam in his teens, was found guilty of supporting JAMWA, a group that switched allegiance from Islamic State to al-Qaeda last year.
Lau - a follower of Salafism, an ultra-conservative movement within Sunni Islam - is accused of recruiting foreign fighters on behalf of JAMWA and providing the group with equipment and 250 euros (290 dollars) in cash.
Prosecutors had demanded a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Lau`s lawyer, Mutlu Guenal, had argued that his client should be acquitted because the evidence against him had been given by an unreliable witness.
Lau gained international prominence in 2014, when he founded a group called the Sharia Police.
Members of the organization patrolled the streets of the western city of Wuppertal in an effort to enforce sharia regarding alcohol consumption, gambling and listening to music among adherents of Islam.
The Sharia Police`s activities are subject to prosecution in a separate case.