Norwegian appeal court upholds terrorism sentences

A Norwegian appeal court on Tuesday upheld jail terms for three Norwegian men on terrorism charges over their support for Islamic State extremists in Syria.Two of the men, aged 29 and 31, were to serve up to four years and nine months for fighting for the Islamic State group on the ground in Syria, the Borgarting Court of Appeal ruled.

It also said that the two - Somalia-born Djibril Bashir and Norwegian-Albanian Valon Avdyli - tried to recruit supporters for the Islamic State when they returned to Norway in early 2014.

Avdyli's younger brother, 26-year-old Visar, received an eight-month prison sentence for trying to acquire uniforms and other equipment, the Oslo daily VG reported in its online edition.

Defence attorney Svein Holden said Valon Avdyli would appeal to the Supreme Court. The attorneys for the two other men were still considering their stance, the report said.

The trio had denied the charges.

The appeal court tightened the sentences for Bashir and Visar Avdyli compared to the district court ruling in May.

It was the first test case for a paragraph introduced in the Norwegian statutes in 2013 which stipulates sentences of up to six years for "forming, participating, recruiting or offering financial or other material support to a terrorist organization."

Prosecutor Jan Glent welcomed the ruling, saying it would help future cases, according to VG.

Last update: Tue, 19/01/2016 - 13:23

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