Reports: Emirati teen convicted for joining Islamic State in Syria
By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 24, 2016
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — State media in the UAE are reporting that an Emirati teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria and fought there has been sentenced to five years in prison.
The Al Etihad daily reported Tuesday that the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi heard testimony that the teen traveled to Turkey and later Syria at the age of 15. The newspaper says the boy's father reported his son's activities to authorities, who later arrested the teen at Dubai International Airport.
The WAM news agency says a defendant accused of joining the Islamic State group received a five-year sentence Monday, without elaborating.
The United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven city-states that hosts U.S. military personnel fighting the Islamic State group, hasn't faced the militant attacks plaguing other Gulf countries