Process against Islamist Couple in Vienna begins in March

The lawsuit against a married couple for membership in a terrorist organisation will start in March. Mohamed M. (22) and his wife S. (20) are accused of being involved in the production and spread of a video threat against the “governments of Germany and Austria” in March 2007. In the video message, the military involvement of Austria in Afghanistan was – among other things – attacked. Mohamaed M. also run an Islamist webpage, reports say. In an internet chat, he allegedly spoke about targets in Austira, such as UNO-City, the Opec Headquaters or targets related to the football Euro cup. The couple was arrested last September. The trial will take place in Vienna. Manfred Seeh reports.

Muslims to overtake Protestants in Austria, study says

Austria’s Muslim community continues to grow, and according to a study by the Austrian Society for International Understanding, Islam will overtake Protestantism as the country’s second-largest religious group by 2010. Christian religions had to suffer a massive decline in membership over the last 30 years, the study said. According to the 1971 census 6.49 million Austrians were Catholic. By 2006 that number had shrunk to 5.63 million. The number of Protestants went down by 120,000 to 326,000 faithful during the same period. At the same time, the number of Muslims in Austria increased 15-fold – from 22,200 in 1971 to around 400,000 in 2006, the study was quoted by DPA as saying.

Vice Chancellor criticizes the curriculum of Islam lessons at Austrian schools

The lawsuit against a married couple for membership in a terrorist organisation will start in March. Mohamed M. (22) and his wife S. (20) are accused of being involved in the production and spread of a video threat against the “governments of Germany and Austria” in March 2007. In the video message, the military involvement of Austria in Afghanistan was – among other things – attacked. Mohamaed M. also run an Islamist webpage, reports say. In an internet chat, he allegedly spoke about targets in Austira, such as UNO-City, the Opec Headquaters or targets related to the football Euro cup. The couple was arrested last September. The trial will take place in Vienna. Manfred Seeh reports.

Interview: “Covering up Problems doesn’t help Muslims”

Islam expert Mouhanad Khorchide speaks about extremism, the organisation of Islam in Austria and explains why Islamic religious lessons at public schools in Austria. In particular, Khorchide criticized that Islamic religious lessons at schools are too conservative at the moment. He appeals to renew Islam in general. Islam has been interpreted and shaped by traditionalists for centuries and needs to be renew today, he said. Kocina interviews Khorchide.

2nd Arrest In Austria U.S. Embassy Plot

Austrian authorities said they arrested a second suspect in an attempted bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. Police said they took a man into custody in the town of Tulln, about 15 miles west of Vienna. Federal police said they were treating the suspect as a possible accomplice of a Bosnian who was arrested Monday after he tried to enter the embassy with a backpack containing explosives and nails. The Bosnian was arrested after his bag set off a metal detector and the man fled on foot. It was unclear how far he made it into the embassy. Public broadcaster ORF, citing unidentified officials, reported that a metal detector sounded an alarm as the man was passing through security checks and that he fled immediately. Guenther Ahmed Rusznak, a spokesman for Vienna’s Muslim community, issued a statement late Monday condemning the attempted bombing and rejecting radical Islam.