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Tajik IS cell member in Germany jailed for 7 years
From Deutsche Welle
A German court on Tuesday sentenced a man to seven years in prison over plans to to shoot dead a critic of Islam as part of an "Islamic State" (IS) terror cell.
Summing up the four-month trial, a Düsseldorf court spokesman said the 31-year-old man living in Wuppertal had formed an IS cell with other Tajiks also living in Germany's western Ruhr District.
The accused, known as Ravsan B., had later handed a functioning semi-automatic pistol over to another cell member for use in a planned attack that was foiled through police investigations, said the spokesman. His full name was not published because of German privacy laws.
The court also found that he with others — motivated by jihadi radicalism — had planned a contract murder in Albania in 2019 to earn funds for the IS movement.
That attack, however, was not carried out because at the last moment doubts emerged about the identity of the intended victim,
The court also found that Ravsan B. had participated in a transfer of money to Syria.
His defense lawyers did not plead on the length of jailing, but had tried to cast doubt on several key points of the prosecutors' submissions.