Macedonia Sends to Jail Six Islamist Recruiters, Fighters

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Bulgaria: Macedonia Sends to Jail Six Islamist Recruiters, Fighters A view of the prayer room in Tutunsus mosque displaying the Islamic State (IS) flag, one of the places where a large anti-terrorist operation was held for breaking down a radical Islam cell in Skopje, Macedonia, 6 August 2015. Photo EPA/BGNES

A court in Skopje has sentenced six radical Islamist recruiters and fighters to jail terms of between 5-1/2 to 7 years, Macedonian news agency MIA reported on Friday.

The six entered a plea bargain with the prosecutors.

Rexhep Memishi, an imam in Tutunsus mosque in Skopje, was sentenced to seven years in prison for taking part in a paramilitary organization and recruiting fighters who had joined the civil war in Syria.

Two of the other five people sentenced on Friday had travelled to Syria and were able to join Islamist groups, according to MIA. Both had posted pictures of their actions on social media accounts. Another man tried to reach Syria but was arrested in Turkey and sent back to Macedonia, while the remaining two provided funding and logistics support to the group.

MIA didn’t specify which Islamist groups the convicts had been connected with.

The six people are part of a group of 11 people arrested in police raidacross Macedonia in August 2015 and charged with travelling to the Middle East to join radical Islamist groups or recruiting fighters.

The trial will continue for the remaning five defendants who have pleaded not guilty.

A law adopted last year in Macedonia makes it a crime to take part in a foreign paramilitary organization, to join armed conflicts abroad, or to recruit people for such organizations, MIA recalled. An estimated 100 to 150 Macedonian citizens have travelled to Syria, and more 70 of them have since returned to the country, according to the Macedonian news agency.

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Jerry - 1 Apr 2016 // 20:10:25


As you know Kiro was an elitist Socialist without identification and understanding of Macedonia.

He was born in Stip a town occupied by the Bulgarians.

Maybe he thought he was a Thracian and not Macedonian.

Jerry - 28 Mar 2016 // 23:29:28

We need the return of simplicity in Macedonia with a little Nationalism to neutralize ISIS invasion of Europe.

Fr Jack Hackett - 28 Mar 2016 // 18:03:28

On the instructions of the EU, Western European countries people have been re-educated regarding their histories to make them easier to take over by foreign invaders since the W Europeans believe there is nothing in their countries cultures or history worth fighting for. And nationalism patrioism are now dirty words akin to racism and xenophobia. I note that there are moves being made here to re-educate our children regarding the Ottoman Rule so we must be next on the agenda

blago - 28 Mar 2016 // 16:49:35

Jerry, problem with Macedonian nationalism is Kiro Gligorov.....he sais we Macedonians have no connection to Alexander.

I am a pure descendant

Seedy - 27 Mar 2016 // 08:26:53

And what do the Macedonian taxpayers think about paying for them to sit in jail and radicalise others?The only "deal" to be struck is the choice of rope or bullet.

Jerry - 26 Mar 2016 // 19:01:13

Islamic Fundamentalism must read their history books and not forget the Macedonian Genocides and the turn of the 19th Century.

The trigger of Nationalism mixing religious articulation can lead to a new genocide on refugees and Islamists.

Jerry - 26 Mar 2016 // 18:35:28

The lack of Macedonian Nationalism is a cause of the upturn of Islamic Fundamentalism.

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