Indian pair jailed for recruiting, fundraising for Daesh

Updated 21 April 2017
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Indian pair jailed for recruiting, fundraising for Daesh

NEW DELHI: Two men accused of fundraising and recruiting for the Daesh group in India were sentenced to seven years in jail Friday, an official said.
Azhar-ul-Islam and Mohammad Farhan Shaikh were arrested by India’s counterterrorism body the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last year after being deported from the United Arab Emirates for illegal fundraising activities.
“Both of them were already in jail, and were today sentenced to seven years in prison by the court,” Alok Mittal, an inspector general at the NIA, told AFP.
The duo, both in their mid-twenties, had pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy last month “without any pressure, threat, coercion or undue influence,” according to the Press Trust of India.
The men were said to social networks such as WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook to promote Daesh ideology, enlist new recruits and assist others wishing to travel to the Middle East to link up with the group, the NIA said.
They also raised cash for Daesh — which controls swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria — receiving and transferring funds in the UAE where the pair frequently traveled for work.
Friday’s verdict comes a day after Indian police arrested 10 suspected Daesh sympathizers in raids conducted across four states.
The government insists Daesh does not have a foothold in India, which has a large but traditionally moderate Muslim minority.
There have been some reports of Indians going to fight for the group in Iraq and Syria but the numbers are low relative to India’s population of 1.2 billion.


Senate panel narrowly recommends Pompeo as US diplomatic chief

Mike Pompeo. (Reuters)
Updated 18 min 35 sec ago
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Senate panel narrowly recommends Pompeo as US diplomatic chief

  • He is expected to be fully confirmed this week
  • Republican Senator Rand Paul's last-minute vote flip gave him the narrow edge

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, narrowly won approval from a Senate panel Monday and is expected to be confirmed by the full chamber this week.
A last-minute vote flip by Republican Senator Rand Paul, who for weeks had expressed opposition to Pompeo over his stance on the Iraq war and surveillance issues, gave Pompeo a narrow edge — and avoided what would have been an embarrassing setback as the president seeks to install his top diplomat.
“We’ll report him to the floor in a positive manner,” committee chairman Senator Bob Corker said, following a vote that saw high tension over the absence of one lawmaker, and a changed vote from “no” to “present” by one Democrat in order to favorably report Pompeo’s nomination.