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Austria Jails Three Chechen Asylum-Seekers For Trying To Join IS

An Austrian court on October 1 handed down jail sentences to three Chechen asylum-seekers -- a man, his wife, and his mother – after ruling that they tried to join Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria.

The 20-year-old man, his 21-year-old wife, and the man's 39-year-old mother were intercepted in Turkey.

They said they were there to obtain medical treatment for the mother who suffers from depression and panic attacks.

But presiding judge Daniel Rechenmacher ruled that their arguments were "completely implausible" and "disproved by objective evidence material."

The man was sentenced to two years in jail and his mother received a 21-month sentence.

The man's wife was sentenced to 19 months in prison.

She was heavily pregnant at the time of her arrest and gave birth in custody to a boy whom she then named Osama.

The ruling comes as Austria struggles to deal with a large influx of migrants and refugees pouring across its borders.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa

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