World Briefs: US Air Force man jailed 35 years over ISIS bid

US Air Force man jailed 35 years over ISIS bid

WASHINGTON • Tairod Pugh, a US Air Force veteran convicted of attempting to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was sentenced to 35 years in prison after delivering an impassioned speech in which he maintained his innocence and decried what he called the United States' racism and Islamophobia.

Prosecutors said Pugh bought a one-way plane ticket from his home in Egypt to Turkey in 2015, planning to cross the Syrian border into territory controlled by ISIS.


7 get death for raping, abducting disabled boy

KUWAITI CITY • A Kuwaiti appeals court sentenced seven young men to death for the abduction and rape of a disabled 13-year-old boy, the victim's lawyer said.

Lawyer Ibrahim al-Bathani said the court overturned a 10-year jail term handed down in April by a lower court against each of the seven accused.

He said the seven defendants, aged 18 to 23, abducted the victim in September last year to a chalet, where they sexually assaulted him.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe