German court hands Islamic State jihadist nearly 7 years in prison

A German court on Thursday sentenced a 23-year-old jihadist who fought in Syria on behalf of the Islamic State group to six years and nine months in prison.

German-born Kerim Marc B, whose full name was withheld in line with privacy laws, was found guilty of pledging allegiance to Islamic State and fighting alongside a largely Bosnian group of militiamen in Syria.

Prosecutors say Kerim Marc B, also known under the Islamist alias Abu Zulfikar, remains a staunch jihadist and even tried to recruit people on behalf of Islamic State while in detention in Dortmund after his return to Germany.

Defence lawyers for Kerim Marc B had pushed for a lesser prison sentence, arguing that their client was reformed.

"I have completely renounced Islamic State - I have decided again radical Islam," the defendant told the court in closing statements.

Last update: Thu, 06/10/2016 - 14:13

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