New Delhi, April 21: In a first, Patiala House Court on Friday sentenced two people to seven years for recruiting people along with raising funds for the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria. The case became historic in the sense that it is the first matter in the country where the court has sentenced the accused related to the Islamic state.

The special court announced its judgement after the accused Azhar-ul Islam and Mohammed Farhan Shiekh after they pleaded guilty in the matter. Representing the accused in the court, lawyer M S Khan said that the accused people have already accepted their crimes and expressed their remorse for their activities. They wish to return to the mainstream so that they may contribute to the society.

The court has fixed the charges last month for their involvement in the criminal conspiracy under Unlawful activities prevention act and Indian penal code.

In an earlier development, the accused were arrested last year on their return from Abu Dhabi by National Investigation Agency. The agency booked them on January 28 last year and the charge sheet alleged them of visiting the United Arab Emirates many times between 2008 and 2012. The third accused in the matter, Adnan Hasan, was also associated with the SIMI.