Amsterdam youth worker accused of spreading jihad propaganda

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Amsterdam's city hall the Stopera (Photo: MichielverbeekNL/Wikimedia Commons). (Amsterdam's city hall the Stopera (Photo: MichielverbeekNL/Wikimedia Commons))

A believed to be de-radicalized man spread propaganda for the jihad while working with young people in Amsterdam's radicalization and polarization department, the Telegraaf reports based on sources.

According to the Telegraaf, Bilal L. was convicted for preparing for a terrorist attack as a member of the Hofstad group. After serving his sentence, Amsterdam hired him as a youth worker who knew everything about radicalization and could spot and keep young people off the jihad-road. He worked in the radicalization and polarization department for years - the department under now suspended Amsterdam official Saadia A.-T.

Instead of preventing radicalization, however, he spoke well of it, according to the newspaper. The Telegraaf also reports that experts repeatedly warned the municipality that Bilal L. was still radicalized. 

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