Three men from Kerala were convicted of joining ISIS and sentenced to prison

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Three men were sentenced to more than five years imprisonment by the NIA court in Kochi for their participation in ISIS terror group.

After reports that more than 15 people from Kannur had joined IS, the NIA assumed control of the probe. (Photo: Representational)

A NIA special court sentenced three men from Kerala to five years in prison for their involvement in the Valapattanam Islamic State(IS) case. Midhilaj Abdul Rasaq, Hamsa and Hamsa were sentenced for spreading ISIS ideology and recruiting terror-minded youth to the terror group. They also attempted to flee to Syria.

Midhilaj, Hamsa were sentenced by the special court in Kochi to seven years imprisonment. They also received a Rs 50,000 fine. Abdul Rasaq was the third defendant in the case and was sentenced to six-years imprisonment with a Rs 30,000 fine.

The court found the culprits guilty of Sections 38 and 39 (offenders relating to membership to a terrorist group) of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

THE CASE

The convicts recruited 15 ISIS fighters from Kannur, Kerala during 2016-17. The convicts recruited young people to ISIS terrorist organization and took them to Syria. On their way to Syria, the Turkish police caught Abdul Razaq and Mithilaj.

Initial investigation was done by the local police. Later, the NIA took control of the probe after reports that more than 15 people from different parts of the district had joined IS.

The court requested that the accused be released from prison, since they were in jail for five years. The court denied the request.

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