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The notorious Iraqi preacher, considered the de facto leader of the ISIS jihadist group in Germany, has been sentenced by a German court to 10.5 years in prison, AP reports.

The court ruled that 37-year-old Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah A, better known as Abu Walaa, helped radicalize young people in Europe and facilitated their transfer to Iraq and Syria.

He was found guilty of membership in a foreign terrorist organization, assisting in violent planning and financing terrorism.

Prosecutors were seeking 11 and a half years' imprisonment for Abu Walaa, while the defense advocated an acquittal and criticized the testimony of key witnesses.

Abu Walaa arrived in Germany as an asylum seeker in 2001 and was arrested in November 2016 after a lengthy investigation by German security services.

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