Orenburg region resident sentenced to 5.5 years for fighting for ISIS

Murad Nadzhafov gets 5.5 years in a general penitentiary

An Ufa court has sentenced Orenburg region resident, Murad Nadzhafov, for joining ISIS, the press service of the Federal Security Service department in Bashkortostan told Interfax on April 28.

Nadzhafov, a citizen of Russia born in Azerbaijan, who lives in the Orenburg region, took an interest in radical Islam and, in 2014, departed for Syria, where he joined the illegal armed group ISIS. He fully shared the main goal of ISIS - to establish a radical Islamic order in individual states and regions," the press service said.

In May 2015, Nadzhafov left the ISIS-held territory for Turkey for personal reasons; he was detained by local law enforcement authorities for violation of migration laws, and expelled to Russia. Officers from the Bashkortostan departments of the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry apprehended Nadzhafov at the Ufa airport in August 2015.

A criminal inquiry was launched against Nadzhafov, on the counts of "participation in the activity of an organization branded as terrorist by Russian laws, and involvement in an armed unit not stipulated by federal legislation."

Nadzhafov "pleaded guilty and repented" during the court proceeding, the press service said.

A panel of judges from the Moscow District Military Court held a visiting session in Ufa, and sentenced him to 5.5 years in a general penitentiary.

The sentence was passed on the basis of materials in the criminal proceeding opened by the Federal Security Service department in Bashkortostan. The judgment has taken effect.

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