Two Bosnian citizens arrested for fighting for Islamic State

Two Bosnian citizens who fought within Islamic State ranks have been arrested pursuant to a warrent from the Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office and will be tried, judicial and police sources in Sarajevo said on Wednesday.

Osman Abdulaziz Kekic (46) and Muharem Smajic (44), both of Bosanska Dubica, were extradited to Bosnian authorities on Tuesday. Police arrested them in Turkey after it was established that they had fought in Islamic State ranks in Syria and Iraq.

Their extradition resulted following good cooperation with Turkish judicial and police authorities, the Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office said. Kekic and Smajic are accused of organising a terrorist group.

The State Prosecutor's Office said that it and the security agencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina had more and more contacts with Bosnian citizens who had gone to Syria and Iraq but now felt that their lives were in danger, asking to return home. They are allegedly willing to plead guilty to breaking the law and serving time. The State Prosecutor's Office said such persons would be treated in line with the law which entails punishment for people joining foreign paramilitary units.

Last update: Wed, 17/02/2016 - 15:37

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