2015-11-13 11:25:00

ISIL militant recruited in Russia jailed for 13 years in Uzbekistan

Tashkent, November 13, Interfax - Mukhammad Abdullayev, a native of Uzbekistan's Khorezm Region, who fought on the side of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison, a source in Uzbek law enforcement agencies told Interfax on Friday.

"Mukhammad Abdullayev, 23, was recruited to join ISIL while working in Astrakhan [southern Russia]. At the end of 2013, he illegally travelled to Syria, where he took part in the hostilities," the source said.

Investigators established that subsequently Abdullayev had fled from Syria to Turkey, where he had lived for almost a year, and had returned to Uzbekistan in the spring of 2015. He was then detained and given a 13-year prison term, the source said.

Uzbekistan's law enforcement agencies have also reported that another Uzbek citizen, Khurshid Mukhtarov, who has become an ISIL militant as well, has been declared internationally wanted.

"Since 2014, Mukhtarov, 35, a native of the city of Jizzakh, has been in Syria, where he has been fighting on the side of ISIL. Furthermore, he has publicly called for subverting the constitutional system in Uzbekistan via the Internet," the Uzbek Interior Ministry said.