A 31-year-old in Borgarting Court of Appeals has been sentenced to eight years in prison for terrorism. In the district court, the man was sentenced to six years and three months in prison.
The 31-year-old man is a Chinese citizen and lives in the Stavanger area.
He is convicted of terrorist associations and support for two different terrorist organizations in Syria. The two are Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) and IS.
TIP is based in Xinjang Province, China, and wants the province to be detached from the rest of China. The Court of Appeal emphasized in its judgment that TIP at the time the man was with them was a close ally of Al Qaeda.
The man was, according to TIP’s verification, a member for about four and a half months in 2014.
Six out of seven judges in the court also believed it was proven that the man had been part of IS, including carrying weapons and digging caves for the organization. The court also believes that the man intended to contribute to IS’s armed struggle.
The court believes in its formulation of facts provided by the man that he has greatly contributed as he explained what he did in Syria.
“He would not have been convicted without his own explanation of what he had done in Syria,” the court of appeals writes in a press release.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today