Woman sentenced in Kazakhstan to four years for promoting terrorism
MOSCOW, January 29 (RAPSI) - A court in Kazakhstan sentenced a 28-year-old woman to four years in prison for promoting terrorism, Interfax reported on Thursday, citing prosecutor of the city of Aktau, Talgat Alibayev.
The woman visited banned websites related to the military conflict in Syria and possessed materials inciting religious hatred, according to prosecutor.
Moreover, she converted to a non-conventional branch of Islam, of an aggressive and radical nature, that promotes violence among believers. She was also trying to recruit supporters, Alibayev said at a news conference.
The prosecutor says that as the woman realized that extremist ideas cannot be brought to life without ideological propaganda and recruiting followers, she started promoting terrorism and extremism among her friends. Using social media, she recruited four women from the Mangystau Region and one woman from the Chechen Republic. They all were under the influence of this radical branch of Islam.
Alibayev said that the woman was acting alone and had no supervisors.
“Only her activity was scrutinized. There are no signs of an organization involved. She was disseminating and promoting radical ideas. The criminal case was opened following a complaint from a victim,” he added.