France tries man accused of running al-Qaida site

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2014 at 10:21 a.m.



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PARIS (AP) — A Frenchman accused of operating an al-Qaida propaganda website goes on trial Tuesday on charges of promoting terrorism.

The jailing of 27-year-old Romain Letellier was the first since a 2012 law was passed allowing jail time for "cyberjihad" in response to attacks by a French radical Islamist on a Jewish school and soldiers that killed seven. The attacker died in a shootout with police.

The prosecutor has said the website administrated by Letellier had more than 4,000 members, including 700 who were active. Arrested in September in Normandy, he also faces charges for translating and disseminating al-Qaida's Inspire magazine. Under the law, he faces five years in prison if convicted.

No attacks are linked to the site, and in a February hearing he said that was never his intention.

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