Austrian Police. File photo
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VIENNA – Austrian authorities on Thursday jailed three Chechen nationals suspected of links with the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group.
An Austrian court issued jail sentences to the three suspects, identified as Chechen asylum-seekers, including a man, his wife and his mother.
They have been reportedly trying to join ISIS jihadists in Syria.
“The 20-year-old man, his 21-year-old wife and the man’s 39-year-old mother were intercepted in Turkey,” according to the AFP.
The suspects said that they were in Turkey seeking medical treatment for the mother, who is said to be suffering depression and panic attacks.
However, Austrian judge Daniel Rechenmacher stressed that the suspects’ arguments were “completely implausible and disproved by objective evidence material”.
On Thursday, the Chechen man was sentenced to two years in jail, his wife 19 months and the mother 21 months.
Noteworthy, the wife was reportedly pregnant when she was arrested, and has given birth in custody to a boy whom she then called Osama.
By: Lorin Silo