Macedonian court jails 6 Islamists, 5 more on trial

March 25, 2016 17:26


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SKOPJE - A Macedonian court sentenced six people, including an imam, to up to seven years in prison on Friday for fighting alongside Islamist insurgents in Syria and Iraq or recruiting others to join the fight, the court said.

The group was arrested last August in a security sweep in four Macedonian towns when police searched 21 houses, an Internet cafe and a mosque in the capital Skopje.

The six people, including an imam from Skopje, were sentenced to between five-and-a-half and seven years in jail after entering a plea bargain. The trial will continue for another five defendants, the court said in a statement.

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