NIA court sentences IS recruit from Kerala to life imprisonment

The national investigation agency (NIA) had sentenced a former Islamic state terrorist for lifetime imprisonment in Kochi on Monday. The Terrorist had returned from Iraq. The NIA has also charged him a fine of Rs 2,10,000.

The 34-year-old Subahani Haja Moideen was found guilty under section 125 of the Indian panel code for waging a war against a friendly nation and section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and unlawful activities prevention act (UAPA) by the court on Friday.

The legal experts say that this is the first time that a person is charged under section 125 of IPC. The court also lauded the investigating team for carrying out a thorough probe.

The NIA had arrested Moideen in October 2016 from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu where he was living discreetly after his return to the country.

NIA Investigation says that the young alleged terrorist was a resident of Thodupuzha in the Idukki district. He had left for Saudi Arabia in 2015 and turned his way later to Turkey. He was taken to the Syrian border by his handlers and was later shifted to Raqqa (Syria) where he underwent intense arms training before being deployed in Mosul (Iraq) under a team led by a French-speaking leader.

During a battle, Moideen saw a fellow IS fighter burn alive and fled the scene but was captured by other IS militants. He told investigators that he was let off only after assuring the IS leadership that he would carry out terror activities in India.

when he was arrested he was planning attacks against some judges and senior political leaders. It also found that he had made several trips to Sivakasi, a Tamil Nadu town famous for its crackers, to collect explosives.

The NIA found that Moideen had recruited 15 people for IS through social media for carrying out terror activities in the country.

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