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    Uzbekistan's Samarkand regional court sentenced on Thursday six people who were planning to join the Daesh terrorist group in Syria to six to nine years in prison.

    TASHKENT (Sputnik) — As the court explained, the two residents of Payaryk district of Samarkand region were actively encouraging others in their community to comply with the Sharia law. A group of four people have joined them, including one woman. They have together studied and promoted ideas of radical extremism, and were preparing to travel to Syria to join the Daesh, a designated terrorist organization that is outlawed in Russia, the United States and numerous other countries.

    During the trial, all the accused pleaded guilty. The five men were sentenced to imprisonment for a term from six to nine years, while the woman received a two-year probation period.

    The police found a large amount of extremist literature and electronic devices with materials calling for the need to build a Daesh in Central Asia, particularly in Uzbekistan.

    The Daesh is operating mainly in Syria and Iraq, but it seeks to expand its presence and influence to other regions.


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