MOSCOW, October 24 (RAPSI) - The North Caucasus District Military Court has sentenced imam of a mosque in the Dagestan Republic, Magomednabi Magomedov, to 5 years in prison for public justification of terrorism, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.

Magomedov has been accused of “incitement of hatred and enmity as well as violation of human dignity” (Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code) and “public calls for terrorist activity or public justification of terrorism” (Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code).

Investigators claim that in February 2016, Magomedov, being an imam of “Vostochnaya” mosque, made a public speech containing statements justifying terrorist activity and calls aimed at incitement of religious hatred.

Moreover, the defendant showed hatred towards law enforcement authorities, according to investigation.