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Report: Italy deports convicted Islamic State recruiter

July 26, 2018

MILAN (AP) — An Italian news agency reports that authorities have deported a Slovenian man who completed a prison sentence for recruiting extremists to join Islamic State fighters in Syria.

ANSA said Thursday that 28-year-old Rok Zavbi was deported to his home country a day earlier from the Bologna airport. He had been sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

The news agency said that Zavbi had fought in Syria and that upon his return to Europe he helped recruit new fighters and gave them information about training camps.

Italian media have previously reported that he was one of three suspects convicted in a Venice court for recruiting terrorists, and that the group was linked to Bosnia’s top recruiter, Bilal Bosnic, who is serving a seven-year jail sentence in Sarajevo.