Oct. 18, 2020, 2:45 a.m.
A Delhi court on Friday sentenced variable jail terms to 15 people for being members of the terrorist group ISIS and for developing a criminal conspiracy to establish a base in India and recruit young people to commit acts of terrorism in the country.
Special Judge Parveen Singh sent Nafees Khan to prison for 10 years, while three convicts – Abu Anas, Mufti Abdul Sami Qasmi and Mudabbir Mushtaq Sheikh – were sentenced to seven years in prison. Amjad and Azhar Khan were sentenced to six years in prison.
According to their lawyer Qausar Khan, the court also sentenced nine other convicts to five years in prison: Mohd Obedullah, Najmul Huda, Mohd Afzal, Sohail Ahmed, Mohd Aleem, Moinudeen Khan, Asif Ali, Syed Mujahid and Mohd Hussain.
The judge issued a sanction in accordance with Article 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) of the IPC and the provisions of the Strict Illicit Activities (Prevention) Law and the Explosive Substances Law after the convicts pleaded guilty.
While pleading guilty, the defendants told the court that they “felt remorse for the acts with which they were charged” and pledged not to engage in similar acts and activities in the future.
The case, registered by the NIA on December 9, 2015, under the relevant sections of the IPC and UAPA, concerns a larger criminal conspiracy devised by ISIS to establish a base in India in recruiting young people through different social media platforms.
The NIA had filed a complaint against the defendants in 2016-2017.
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