BISHKEK -- The Bishkek Municipal Court has found 25-year-old Mirlanbek Turdiyev guilty of fighting alongside militants in Syria, 24.kg reported Tuesday (January 9).
The court upheld an earlier verdict by the First of May District Court, a lower-level court in the Kyrgyz capital, which included an eight-year-long prison sentence for Turdiyev.
Turdiyev was a member of the pro-"Islamic State" (IS) group Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad and also was known by the alias Abu Walid, according to the State National Security Committee (GKNB).
From Russia to Syria ... to prison back at home
Turdiyev fell under the influence of terrorist recruiters while working in Vladivostok, Russia, in 2011-2014, according to investigators.
He joined Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in September 2015. A month later, on October 15, he left for Istanbul. From there he was sent to a terrorist training camp near Aleppo, Syria.
Besides undergoing special combat training in various camps, Turdiyev also learned how to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He was trained on how to remotely detonate IEDs in public places.
Turdiyev fought against troops from Syria, Iraq and the United States, as well as against Kurdish and other anti-militant units from November 2015 to February 2017 in Aleppo and in Idlib, Syria.
Last March, he received orders to attack a warship berthed in Vladivostok.
However, en route to Russia, Turdiyev was arrested in Ukraine. Authorities of several countries co-operated in repatriating him to Kyrgyzstan.