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Five young men inspired to fight in Syria by of one of France’s most notorious jihadist recruiters in Nice were handed prison sentences by a Paris court on Friday.

The men, all in their 20s, were found guilty of associating with a terrorist organisation. They had been recruited by Omar Diaby, a French national of Senegalese descent known for funnelling fighters to Syria.

The stiffest penalties went to Ali Abzouzi and Luck Manodritta, sentenced to six and eight years in prison, respectively. The two had spent several months in Syria in 2013 and 2014.

Two others, Cedric Belly and David Assila, were given four years in prison including two-year suspended sentences for having attempted to join the others.

The court also handed a three-year jail sentence to Magomed Bagaiev, including a one-year suspended sentence for helping a young woman prepare to leave for Syria.

The court however acquitted Rouslan Bagaiev, who had also been accused of helping the woman. Read More …

 

 

Five young men inspired to fight in Syria by of one of France’s most notorious jihadist recruiters in Nice were handed prison sentences by a Paris court on Friday. The men, all in their 20s, were found guilty of associating with a terrorist organisation. They had been recruited by Omar Diaby, a French national of Senegalese descent known for funnelling fighters to Syria. The stiffest penalties went to Ali Abzouzi and Luck Manodritta, sentenced to six and eight years in prison, respectively. The two had spent several months in Syria in 2013 and 2014. Two others, Cedric Belly and David Assila, were given four years in prison including two-year suspended sentences for having attempted to join the others. The court also handed a three-year jail sentence to Magomed Bagaiev, including a one-year suspended sentence for helping a young woman prepare to leave for Syria. The court however acquitted Rouslan Bagaiev, who had also been accused of helping the woman.