DUSHANBE -- A court in Dushanbe has convicted a French citizen of attempting to illegally cross the Tajik-Afghan border and sentenced him to five years in prison, AKIpress reported Wednesday (December 13).
The Frenchman was arrested in July in Jaihun District in Khatlon Province, said a security source.
He had arrived in Tajikistan from Kyrgyzstan on a tourist visa and planned to join the "Islamic State" (IS) terrorist group in Afghanistan, the source said. A Kyrgyz man named Muhammad allegedly offered to bring him to Afghanistan, he added.
French diplomats attended the trial, said the source, adding that the convict refused extradition and agreed to serve his sentence in Tajikistan.
The defeat of IS in Iraq and Syria will bring an end to the group in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia -- where security forces are ready to deal with any new challenges, analysts say.
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