A Moroccan kickboxer, who allegedly “considered” staging an attack on Vatican, has been jailed in Italy over links to Islamic State, RT reports.
Kickboxing champion Abderrahim Moutaharrik was handed a six-year jail term while his wife Salma Bencharki was sentenced to five years in prison, according to the AGI news agency.
The couple was arrested along with two other Moroccans in the Lombardy province of Lecco last year during a joint investigation by Italy's anti-terrorism agency, the General Investigations and Special Operations Division and special operations group of Italy's carabinieri police force.
The two others were also convicted over links to international terrorism. Abderrahmane Khachia and Wafa Koraichi were given six and three years plus four months of house arrest respectively.
The authorities wiretapped the phones of the kickboxer and his wife and discovered the pair was planning to travel to Syria, along with their children then aged two and four to join IS.
Recorded phone conversations have reportedly indicated that Moutaharrik had allegedly "considered" staging an attack in Italy with particular attention to the city of Rome" and the Vatican.
The kickboxer's lawyer, however, denied the accusation after the conviction and said his defendant intended to appeal Milan court's ruling.
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