Prosecutors said on Thursday they had charged three senior members of a Swiss Muslim group with making and promoting propaganda films for al Qaeda.

The indictment targeted three committee members of the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS), which describes itself as the country's largest Islamic organization and says it focuses on representing the local population.

ICCS spokesman Abdel Azziz Qaasim Illi, who told Reuters he was one of the three men charged, dismissed the case as a "political show trial," and said authorities had misunderstood the video at the heart of the case.

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