Friday, March 4, 2016
Former German 'Islamic State' fighter gets four years, six months in prison
The court handed down the sentence of four years and six months in jail, citing Nils D.'s membership of terrorist organization "IS".
Nils D., who hails from the western German town of Dinslaken, was a member of the so-called "Lohberger Brigade" in his hometown, which supports "Islamic State" (IS) in Syria.
He was arrested on his return from Syria to Germany last year. He confessed to working for the IS's "secret police," which aims to intimidate the local population and arrest "deserters." His role there involved arresting people and acting as a guard for the group's torture prisons.
After his return he had cooperated with the authorities and provided them with valuable insider knowledge. Before his departure to Syria, the 25-year-old had been a drug addict and delinquent at school, the judge said on Friday.