Pre-Teen Arrested and Confirmed a Terrorist but Authorities are Hand Tied

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According to local reports, a young boy who is thought to be about 12-year-old has been identified as one of several people arrested for being part of an Islamic terror network in Vienna, Austria.

However, until his age can be confirmed he will not see the inside of a courtroom because in Austria, a person must be at least 14-years-old to be tried in a court of law.  

Officials stated that the boy had been radicalized by a “hate preacher” and that he was regularly in contact with a 17-year-old terror suspect arrested last week on suspicion that he was part of a group planning a massive terror attack in Austria.

On January 20, Austrian police arrested the 17-year-old identified only as “Lorenz K.”  The teen had expressed support for the Islamic State and had been in contact with jihadists in Albania.

Police said that “Lorenz K” had a history of committing petty crimes, and that he may have become radicalized while serving time in prison from 2014 to 2015 for assault.

Konrad Kolger, Austria’s director of public security, said that teens being radicalized in the country was a “relatively new phenomenon.”

No further information was provided about what authorities plan to do with the young man if he turns out to be younger than 14-years-old.

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