BERLIN — A court in Germany on Tuesday convicted five men for joining a local Islamic State group cell that received orders from a leading IS figure in Afghanistan.
The Düsseldorf Regional Court has sentenced Tajik citizens between the ages of 25 and 34 to long prison terms.
The longest sentence of nine years and six months was handed down to Sunatullokh K., whose last name was not released due to German privacy rules. He was also convicted of planning the murder of a man who had made critical remarks about Islam. The attack was foiled by authorities.
The other men, identified as Muhammadali G., Azizjon B., Farhodshoh K. and Komron B., were given prison terms ranging from 44 months to 8.5 years for membership of a terrorist organization. a contract killing in Albania that was later halted.
Another man, Ravsan B., was convicted last year by the same court of membership in IS for co-founding the German cell and supporting two planned attacks. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.
Prosecutors said the men honed their military skills in paintball games, as well as involving “other people from the Islamist scene” who came into contact with the gunman who killed four people in a November 2020 attack in Vienna. They would also be components for an “unconventional” bomb.
The federal prosecutor’s office had demanded prison terms of four to 12 years for the men. Their lawyers had asked the court to acquit them.