24 Jan 2018 12:37

Dagestan court sentences woman to 12 years for ISIL affiliation in Syria

MAKHACHKALA. Jan 24 (Interfax) - The Khasavyurt City Court in Dagestan has found a local woman guilty of being a member of ISIL (banned in Russia) and sentenced her to 12 years in a general-security penitentiary, an informed source told Interfax.

"Naida Shaikh-Akhmedova, a native of the city of Khasavyurt, born in 1991, arrived in Turkey at the end of 2014 and crossed into Syria, where she started aiding and abetting militants from the international terrorist organization ISIL, while fully aware that she thus belonged to this organization," the source said.

The woman was charged with affiliation with an illegal armed formation, the source said.

"There is information on every citizen of the Russian Federation who has gone to Syria to join international terrorist organizations or who has left for this country but has been unable to reach it for some reason," he said.

"All of them, both women and men, are accounted for. And those who have actually taken part in combat operations, who aided and abetted militants from ISIL or other terrorist organizations or who committed other crimes, will be held liable at home in accordance with Russian law," he said.