SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- In a first such case, Germany has sentenced a man to 45 months in prison, having put him on trial for fighting alongside the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in Syria.
The 20-year-old German of Kosovan decent, who was referred to as Kreshnik Berisha, received the sentence on Friday. The Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt said it was proven that the convict left Germany in July 2013 to join the group.
The convict had the charge against him of committing a crime against the state abroad dropped as he had technically not reached adult age when he departed.
In November, Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said some 550 Germans had left the country until then to join ISIL in Syria and Iraq, adding, “These young people…were radicalized in Germany, within this society. That’s why prevention must be accompanied by repression.”
The United Nations has warned that unprecedented numbers of foreigners are flocking to Iraq and Syria to join extremist groups such as ISIL despite US-led strikes on the groups’ positions.
According to a report by the UN Security Council, 15,000 people have entered Syria and Iraq to fight alongside ISIL or other such groups. The report added that the militants hail from more than 80 countries, which had not contributed to international terrorism before.