A Danish court has sentenced a 24-year-old pizzeria owner to seven years in jail after he was found guilty of joining Islamic State group militants in Syria, where he claimed he worked as a cook.

The Copenhagen suburban Glostrup City Court said Hamza Cakan should not be stripped of Danish citizenship. He also has a Turkish passport.

He was found guilty Wednesday of enrolling in the radical Islamist group.

It was the first such ruling in the Scandinavian country.

During his trial, Cakan acknowledged traveling twice to Syria in 2013 but said he didn't go there to fight. However, he acknowledged filling in a form saying he had joined IS to become a fighter.

He was arrested last year after attempting to go to Syria again.