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North Macedonia: 7 Plead Guilty to Joining ISIS

North Macedonia: 7 Plead Guilty to Joining ISIS

Wednesday, 20 March, 2019 - 11:45
In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, ISIS militants hold up their weapons and wave flags on their vehicles, in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, from Raqqa, Syria. (Militant website via AP, File)
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Officials in North Macedonia have said that seven of the country's nationals have pleaded guilty to joining ISIS and fighting with it in Syria and Iraq.

The North Macedonian prosecutor's office said late Tuesday the men on trial in a Skopje criminal court were arrested last August in Syria by members of the international coalition fighting the terrorist organization.

According to the Associated Press, they were subsequently handed over to North Macedonian law enforcement agencies.

All were charged with membership of an extremist group, while one also allegedly recruited for ISIS, AP said.

If convicted, they face up to five years in jail.

North Macedonian authorities said more than 130 of the country's nationals have joined ISIS.

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