NIA secures first conviction in ISIS related case, 7 years imprisonment to Azhar and Farhan

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New Delhi : National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court secured its first conviction of two accused persons in terror related cases on Friday.

The accused persons namely Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam(24) s/o Ab Satar Sheikh and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh(25) s/o Mohammed Rafiq Sadique Shaikh have been convicted for the commission of offences of criminal conspiracy, conspiracy of terrorist acts, membership of terrorist gang organization, supporting the activities and raising funds for the terrorist organization.

The Court has given punishment of 7 years of rigorous Imprisonment and fine to both the accused persons.

The NIA had registered this case on January 28, 2016 at NIA Police Station, New Delhi, under Section 120-B of IPC and Sections 18, 18A and 18B of UA (P) Act, 1967 against three accused persons. They were arrested on January 29, 2016 after their arrival from Abu Dhabi on Jan 28, 2016.

The charge sheet was filed against the aforesaid three accused persons on July 25, 2016 under sections 120-B IPC and 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of UA (P) Act, 1967 and charges were framed against all the three accused persons under 120-B IPC and 18, 20, 38, 39 and 40 of UA (P) Act, 1967 on February 21, 2017.

On March 29, 2017, accused Sheikh Azhar-ul-Islam and Mohammed Farhan Shaikh pleaded guilty for all the aforesaid offences. The NIA Special Court, New Delhi on April 19, 2017 convicted both the accused on account of their having pleaded guilty for the criminal conspiracy and acting as a frontier group of ISIS for inciting, inviting and facilitating people of different nationalities to leave their respective countries and travel to Syria to support furtherance of the activities of ISIS.

The NIA during the investigation had established that the aforesaid accused persons, with other associates in 2014-15 had hatched a criminal conspiracy to propagate ideology, recruit persons, raise funds and facilitate the travel of such recruited persons to Syria to join the ISIS and further its activities.

According to NIA, the accused persons had created multiple email IDs, used multiple mobile numbers obtained from their associates of different countries, formed various online forums and groups on facebook, twitter, telegram, surespot, Whatsapp, Kik, VKontakte, Viber and Skype, using internet and invited and associated lime minded persons, residents of different countries from different parts of the world.

NIA said in the statement, “They formed a terrorist gang and acted as a frontal group of the ISIS and incited, motivated, invited and facilitated people of different nationalities to leave their respective countries and travel to Syria to join, support and further activities of the ISIS.”

The third chargesheeted accused namely Adnan Hassan(36) s/o Mohammed Hussain Damudi, will face the trial which is scheduled to commence from June 6, 2017.