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The Appeals Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday upheld a verdict against Husein Bilal Bosnic, a leader of a radical Islamic community in Bosnia, delivered by a first instance court which found him guilty of inciting to terrorism and joining a terrorist organisation.

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina cited Bosnic's attorney Adil Lozo as saying that the verdict against his client had been upheld.

In 2015, the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina found Bosnic guilty of inciting to terrorism and  joining a terrorist organisation, sentencing him to seven years' imprisonment pending appeal.

Bosnic was arrested in September 2014. Until then, he was an Imam in Buzim, a village in northwestern Bosnia, and the informal leader of the Salafist community in the country. He was charged with inviting his followers to join Islamic State and fight for its goals in Syria and Iraq. During the trial, the prosecution said that six of them were killed in Syria or Iraq.

The prosecution welcomed the final sentence.

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