SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in North Macedonia has jailed seven citizens, accusing them of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
Six men were given six-year sentences for joining IS, while a seventh man was jailed for nine years after also being found guilty on charges of organizing a terrorist group.
The suspects were arrested last August in Syria by international coalition forces and later handed over to Macedonian authorities.
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It was the second group from North Macedonia sentenced for joining and recruiting IS fighters. In March 2016, six people, including a Muslim preacher were sentenced from five to seven years in prison.
According to police, about 150 of the country’s citizens have joined Islamic State extremists.
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