2017-11-17 13:08:00

Belgorod imam sentenced to 8.5 years for abetting terrorism

Moscow, November 17, Interfax - The Moscow District Military Court during a visiting session in Belgorod has sentenced a local imam to 8.5 years in a penitentiary, the court's press secretary Irina Zhirnova told Interfax.

"Fizuli Ismailov, who was already sentenced to three years in a penitentiary in May 2016 on the counts of illegal possession of weapons and explosives, was found guilty of aiding and abetting terrorism on November 9. Given his previous sentence, Ismailov will spend eight years and six months in a general penitentiary," Zhirnova said.

As the detectives and the court have established, the 36-year-old imam repeatedly preached "cleansing of Islam from infidels" and called for jihad and the creation of "the Islamic state of caliphate." He also urged believers to give financial support to the followers of the ISIL terrorist organization (banned in Russia) and go to Syria for fighting for ISIL.