Emirati found guilty of joining ISIL has sentence increased to 10 years

K.A.M was previously facing one year in jail

The State Security Chamber of the UAE’s Federal Supreme Court has increased an Emirati’s prison sentence to 10 years after he was found guilty of joining terrorist group ISIL.

In a brief release, state news agency WAM said the court also ordered the 21-year-old, identified as K.A.M, to be placed under observation after serving his jail term.

“The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals sentenced him to one year in jail, but the State Security Prosecutor challenged the verdict and referred the case to the apex court, which handed down the current judgment,” WAM said.

The UAE has taken a hard-line on those linked with terrorist activity in a bid to discourage

In a separate case in February, the country’s Federal Appeal Court upheld the life sentence of a 29-year-old Emirati who was found guilty of joining a terrorist organisation and travelling abroad with the intention of fighting alongside it.

An Emirati woman was also sentenced to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of joining ISIL.

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