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NEW DELHI: On Monday the NIA Special Court at Kochi has sentenced Islamic State recruits Subahani Haja Moideen, a native of Muvattupuzha, to life imprisonment for his role in fighting the Iraq government as part of the Islamic State. The NIA had earlier issued a Press Release informing of Moideen’s conviction on September 25. He has also been ordered a fine of Rs 2.10 lakh for waging war against the Government of Iraq. The court on Friday had found Moideen guilty of the charges and said the punishment would be delivered on Monday.

He was recruited by the terror outfit in 2015 and waged war against Iraq State Government in 2015. Reportedly, he was picked up by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2016. But incidentally, he pleaded innocence in the court and said he has not undertaken any terror-related activities and has not waged a war against any country.

Among the charges that the court found against, Moideen includes criminal conspiracy, besides Sections in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). He is also charged under Section 125 of the Indian Penal Code, which is one of the rare instances that has been invoked in prosecution. The section makes punishable the offence of waging or facilitating a war against the Government of any Asiatic Power in alliance or at peace with the Indian Government.

However, Moideen is alleged to have received arms training along with Salah Abdeslam, an accused in the 2015 Paris terror attack which left 130 people dead. Apart from this, he has also been accused of recruiting members to the terror outfit and conspiring to launch attacks on Indian territory. For these, he was charged under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code, and provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

An investigation team from Paris in 2018 had visited Moideen who was housed and took his statement in prison to glean information about the 2015 Paris terror attacks from him. The attacks in Paris took the lives of 130 people and injured many more.

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