Jun 28 2018

Jihadist Abu Hanzala given 14-year sentence

A Turkish court sentenced seven men including Halis Bayancuk, a jihadi who also goes by the name Abu Hanzala, for terror offences on Wednesday, pro-government newspaper Habertürk said.

The court sentenced Bayancuk to 12 years and 6 months for running a terrorist group and 1 year and 6 months for carrying out terror propaganda.

While the Turkish press has often described Bayancuk as “the Turkish emir of the Islamic State (ISIS)” in Turkey, he has had open differences with the group. Nonetheless, many of his radicalised followers have chosen to join ISIS in the past.

Bayancuk has been jailed four times before in Turkey, twice on accusations of leading al Qaeda’s local section and twice in relation to ISIS

All seven suspects were cleared of the charge of violating the Turkish constitution.