Kosovo man faces terror charges after returning from Syria

Kosovo prosecutors filed terrorist charges against a local man who allegedly joined the Islamic State in Syria and was recently deported

Pristina, Kosovo – Kosovo prosecutors on Wednesday filed terrorist charges against a local man who allegedly joined the Islamic State Organization in Syria and was recently deported.

A statement from the prosecutor’s office stated that the suspect was only identified as SQ and allegedly joined the Islamic State fighters after entering the Syrian city of Raqqa through Turkey. He allegedly received training in Syria and actively participated in the fighting.

He was handed over to the Kurdish army and eventually returned to Kosovo in July this year.

If convicted, the defendant will face up to 10 years in prison.

The Kosovo authorities stated that fewer than 90 citizens remained in Syria. Some of them were former fighters, but most were widows of extremists and some children.

Two years ago, Kosovo repatriated 110 citizens from Syria, most of whom were women and children. Many adults have been accused of engaging in activities related to terrorism and are serving sentences.

It is believed that more than 400 people from Kosovo have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

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