Three sen­tenced to prison over Daesh links

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

A COURT yes­ter­day sen­tenced three peo­ple in ab­sen­tia to over six years in prison over links to Daesh.

An Adana court in south­ern Turkey sen­tenced Nured­din Ocak, Ümit Hazar and İpek Suysal to six years and three months in prison for be­ing mem­bers of an armed ter­ror­ist group.

A fourth sus­pect – only iden­ti­fied by the ini­tials E.A. – was freed due to lack of ev­i­dence.

The four sus­pects had been ar­rested in 2015 in an anti-Daesh op­er­a­tion in Adana prov­ince. They were later re­leased pend­ing trial. Daesh emerged in Iraq and Syria, both of which share a bor­der with Turkey in 2014. Turkey is tack­ling an in­flux of for­eign fight­ers look­ing to sneak into Syria and Iraq where Daesh con­trols towns and large swathes of ter­ri­tory. Since the ter­ror­ist group’s emer­gence, Turkey has de­tained over 5,000 sus­pects and launched Op­er­a­tion Euphrates Shield last year to back Syr­ian op­po­si­tion groups fight­ing Daesh in Syria. Daesh quickly be­came one of the most ac­tive ter­ror­ist groups in Turkey over a span of two years. It has been blamed for a string of at­tacks in the coun­try, rang­ing from sui­cide bomb­ings to gun at­tacks. In Jan­uary, a lone Daesh gun­man stormed a pop­u­lar night­club in Is­tan­bul and killed 39 peo­ple dur­ing New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions. The gun­man was ap­pre­hended a few weeks later. Ear­lier this month, po­lice thwarted a sui­cide bomb­ing tar­get­ing a po­lice sta­tion in Mersin.

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