Berisha is reported to have played for a Jewish soccer club in Frankfurt and was not radicalized prior to studying at university. Makkabi Frankfurt coach:
This was a guy who used to play with Jewish players every week, he was comfortable there and he seemed so happy.
Berisha is offered a reduction in sentence to three years if he provides information on ISIS. A charge sheet says he took part in ISIS combat missions in Syria but that he has turned his back on the group and is not a threat to Germany. His lawyer:
[Berisha] returned disappointed and traumatised. He saw and experienced terrible suffering there.