Trial begins of Czech accused of trying to join Islamic State

The Regional Court in Plzeň begins hearing the case of the first Czech accused of attempting to join Islamic State on Wednesday. The defendant, who comes from a small town near Plzeň and was previously identified as Jan S., could face between 12 and 20 years in prison if found guilty of preparing a terrorist attack. He was arrested a year ago at Istanbul Airport trying to board a plane to Gaziantep, a town near the Syrian border. Special security measures will be in place for the trial, the Czech News Agency reported.

Author: Ian Willoughby