Poland detains Russian citizen accused of being member of Islamic State

By Thomson Reuters Feb 29, 2024 | 2:52 AM

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s Internal Security Agency (ABW) has detained a Russian citizen accused of being a member of Islamic State (IS), the National Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement on Thursday.

“The prosecutor… charged the detainee with being part of armed groups in the Syrian Arab Republic aimed at committing crimes of a terrorist nature,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

It said that the accused had been a part of Jabhat Al-Nusra and al Qaeda before joining IS.

The man is being held in pre-trial detention for three months and if found guilty could face eight years in prison.

(Reporting by Alan Charlish; Editing by Alex Richardson)