Serjola Kobuzi

Serjola Kobuzi

Serjola Kobuzi was born in Lac Kruje, Albania, on February 25, 1996.  Alongside her whole family, in 2015 Serjola was charged with art. 270 bis of the Italian Criminal Code for criminal association with the purpose of terrorism.
In 2011, when Serjola was still a minor, her mother Donika Coku arranged her marriage with Mariglen Dervishllari, an Albanian man who had travelled to Syria to conduct religious studies but who later joined ISIS. In February 2014, Serjola moved to the town of Sed Forouk, Syria, to join her husband alongside their son Hataab and her trip to Syria was organised by the network of IS recruiters who had already helped her husband. During the same year, when Serjola was pregnant with their second child, Mariglen died, probably due to leukaemia. Therefore, although her mother had contributed towards her radicalisation, Serjola chose to enlist within ISIS of her own free will and she was tasked with support duties usually assigned to women.
In September 2014, Serjola’s brother Aldo Kobuzi, his wife Maria Giulia Sergio and her mother Donika Coku traveled to Syria after the couple’s wedding in Treviglio.
Serjola was also accused of proselytism with the aim of enlistment within ISIS towards other family members, in particular towards her aunt Arta Kacabuni.
At the time of the criminal proceedings and during the trial in 2015, Serjola Kobuzi was a fugitive, probably still in Syria.  Nonetheless, she was convicted in absentia and sentenced for participation to a terrorist organisation to eight years, a conviction that was later confirmed by the Court of Cassation of Rome in 2019.
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