Extended indictment for IS defector from Verdal

Oslo District CourtOslo District Court.Photo Norway Today Media.

The accused terrorist IS defector from Verdal, Oslo District Court Thursday was remanded for another four weeks.

In addition, the indictment was extended to include terrorist plans.

The 33-year-old man is accused of having joined the terrorist organization Isil (IS).

The ruling states that the court believes that additionally, it is probable that he at the same time entered into an association with Isil (IS) to commit acts of terrorism, which is now also included in the new indictment, writes the newspaper Adresseavisen

The man traveled from Norway to Syria in late autumn 2014 after having disappeared from a psychiatric treatment.

In June this year, he crossed the border into Turkey and was arrested by the Turkish authorities for illegal border crossing and then extradited to Norway where he has been imprisoned since 25 August.

The 33-year-old, who is an ethnic Norwegian and has converted to Islam, does not plead guilty for what he is indicted for.

He acknowledges to have stayed in Syria from December 2014 to the end of April 2016, but claims that he traveled to Syria to participate in humanitarian work.

The court believes, however that it is quite improbable that the accused did not know what IS was or stood for when he traveled to Syria in November/December 2014.

 
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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