A special court in Delhi has sentenced two men to seven years each in prison for raising funds for the Islamic State jihadists. The two convicts, Azhar-ul- Islam (24) from Jammu and Kashmir and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh (25) from Maharashtra had pleaded guilty of criminally conspiring to raise funds and recruiting people for the terror outfit.
The trial of a third accused, Adnan Hassan will continue separately. According to the prosecution, the trio had hatched a criminal conspiracy to raise funds for the ISIS and recruiting people for the terror outfit and facilitate the travel of those recruited to Syria to join the ISIS and further its activities, while they were in UAE.
Hassan and Shaikh had been frequently visiting the UAE in connection with jobs since 2008 and 2012 respectively, while Islam had gone to join them in the UAE in July, 2015.
They were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in January last year on their arrival from Abu Dhabi. The convicts who had earlier denied the charges changed their stands and admitted of their role, seeking a lenient sentence.
“They are remorseful of the acts alleged against them. There is no prior criminal record against them and they want to join the mainstream and want to be productive for the society and want to rehabilitate themselves. The applicants are pleading guilty without any pressure, threat, coercion or undue influence,” the plea filed through their lawyer said.
The NIA in its charge sheet said the accused had created multiple email IDs, used multiple mobile numbers obtained from their associates from different countries, formed various online forums and groups on Facebook, WhatsApp, Kik, VKontakte, Viber and Skype, using the internet and invited and associated like-minded persons, residents of different countries.
“They had voluntarily advocated and professed to be the supporters and members of the ISIS and actively supported, invited support from others, propagated and promoted unlawful activities and terrorist activities of the ISIS by exhorting, inciting, luring and influencing others to become members of this organisation by disseminating incriminating contents including sharing comments, pages, videos, images, literature and openly endorsing, justifying and glorifying the terrorist acts of the ISIS,” the NIA claimed.
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