6 on trial in Sweden for funding ISIS in Syria
Six Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals living in Sweden went on trial in Stockholm on Monday (January 7th) accused of financing terrorism in Syria, with three also charged with planning a terror attack in Sweden, AFP reported.
The first day of the trial focused on the prosecution's claim that the six men sent funds to the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) to finance its terrorism operations in Syria.
The prosecution argued that one of the men, 34-year-old Akromion Ergashev of Uzbekistan, sent almost 18,000 kronor ($2,000) to a middleman in Turkey, who in turn sent it to two ISIS supporters in Syria.
The prosecution presented chats on encrypted mobile phone apps and account statements as evidence.
The trial is taking place at a special high-security Stockholm courtroom, with the defendants sitting behind a bulletproof glass wall.