Kerala Islamic State recruitment case: NIA court sentences Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid to 7 yrs in jail



A National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Kochi on Saturday sentenced Yasmeen Mohammed Zahid, a native of Bihar, to seven-year imprisonment in the Kerala Islamic State recruitment case.

The court also imposed a fine of ₹25,000 on her. The case pertains to the illegal migration of 15 persons from Kasaragod in Kerala to Afghanistan in 2016 for joining the Islamic State.

She was arrested from the New Delhi International Airport on July 30, 2016 just before leaving for Kabul along with her child.

The NIA, which filed a charge sheet in the case in January last year, had arraigned the woman as the second accused. The first accused, Abdul Rashid Abdulla, is believed to be in Nagarhar province of Afghanistan now.

Orientation classes in Kasaragod

The NIA probe established that Abdulla had motivated a number of youths from Kasaragod to leave India along with their families to join the Islamic State. He organised orientation classes at Kasaragod and other places in support of the terrorist organisation.

According to the NIA, Abdulla raised funds and transferred the same to Yasmeen, who utilised it for supporting the terrorist organisation.

The case, initially probed by the Kerala police, was re-registered at the NIA police station, Kochi, on August 24, 2016

During the trial, which concluded on March 20, the court examined as many as 52 prosecution witnesses, one defence witness, in addition to nearly 50 material objects.

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