On Friday, two men were sentenced to seven years’ of imprisonment after they pleaded guilty to conspire to raise funds and recruiting people for the banned outfit. The two confessed of inciting, motivating, inviting and influencing people of different nationalities to join the terrorist outfit.
In a special court, district judge Amar Nath convicted accused 24-year old Azhar-ul-Islam from Jammu and Kashmir and 25-year old Mohammed Farhan Shaikh from Maharashtra, after they moved an application through their advocate MS Khan saying “They are remorseful of the acts charged against them. There is no prior criminal record against them and want to rehabilitate themselves and join the mainstream people and be productive for the society.”
“The two convicts are pleading guilty of allegations against them without any pressure, threat, coercion or undue influence,” mentioned the plea. This was the first conviction in an ISIS-related case. The trial against 36-year old, Adnan Hassan, the third accused in the same case is continuing separately before the same court.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had filed a case against the three accused, under Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and various sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act(UAPA), in January last year.
The NIA agency stated that they were actively perpetuating, promoting and propagating the criminal ideologies and the terrorist activities through social media. And the funds raised and collected by the three accused in the UAE were transferred to their allies in India, Tunisia and the Philippines to finance their travel to Syria to join ISIS.