Macedonian court sentences 5 people for joining IS group

AP News
Posted: May 18, 2016 8:05 AM

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A criminal court in Macedonia's capital has sentenced five people to terms ranging from two to four-and-a-half years in prison for joining the Islamic State group and recruiting fighters for it.

The five sentenced Wednesday were part of an 11-member group arrested last August following raids in Skopje and several towns in the country's northwest. The other six were convicted in March and included an imam believed to be a mastermind of the group who was sentenced to seven years in prison.

At the time, authorities had said 130 people from Macedonia were believed to have joined the IS group to fight in Syria and Iraq, and 16 had been killed.