Bosnian who admits to fighting for IS turns state witness

A man from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who returned to that country after fighting on side of Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq, has admitted to violating the law and is prepared to testify as a witness for the state in future trials, the country's prosecutorial authorities reported on Tuesday.

The twenty-five year old man going under the alias of Ebu Sara from the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik told the prosecution that he had spent several months in Syria and Iraq fighting in terrorist troops of the Islamic State (IS).

He was arrested upon returning to Bosnia and Herzegovina and is charged with violating the law which bans citizens of that country from joining foreign para-military formations.

During his interrogation he admitted to the offence, and the prosecution will request a prison sentence of one year and a conditional sentence on charges of trafficking weapons and explosives. In exchange the accused will testify in all trials when summonsed by the state court or prosecution. Prosecutorial authorities have said that this will facilitate the collection of additional information about Bosnian citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Last update: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 12:37

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