Court increases sentence of Czech convicted of trying to join Islamic State

Prague’s Supreme Court has lengthened the sentence of Jan Silovský, who was found guilty of attempting to join Islamic State. In an appeal hearing called by the state prosecutor’s office, judges on Tuesday gave the 22-year-old a six-year term. Earlier this year a court in Plzeň had sentenced Silovský to three years and three months in prison, making him the first Czech convicted of terrorism charges. He could have received a term of up to 12 years to life but psychiatrists said he suffered from schizophrenia, which reduced his ability to control his behavior. Judges also ruled that he should undergo psychiatric treatment.

Author: Ian Willoughby