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Criminal proceedings opened against German IS supporters

Monday, September 4th, 2017 | World News

The authorities there opened formal criminal proceedings against the four German supporters of the jihadist militia Islamic state (IS), which were arrested in Iraq in July.

As the "Spiegel" reported without mentioning sources, the opening of the procedures was communicated to German diplomats by the Iraqi judiciary. The Foreign Office in Berlin did not want to comment any further, according to a statement from the "Spiegel" -Onlineausgabe.

The four presumed German jihadists were taken by Iraqi forces after the reconquest of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in July. Their respective roles within the IS have not been clarified. In Germany, according to the "Spiegel", the prosecutor's office against women is being investigated for membership of a terrorist organization. It was a youth from Saxony, a German born in Chechnya and a German with Moroccan roots with her 20-year-old daughter.

  The four women moved from Germany to Iraq in recent years, joined the IS and married IS fighters. What the Iraqi justice accuses the four German women precisely is not yet known to the federal government according to "Spiegel". A prosecution for terrorism or membership of the IS appears to be possible. Meanwhile, according to "Spiegel" the federal news service (BND) could hear the women in Baghdad, also the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) urges a visit to the prisoners.

According to the interviews, the German authorities no longer assumed the involvement of women in military structures or in the security apparatus of the IS, reports the "Spiegel". There were no indications that the women were part of the brutal customs police of the IS.

 At the beginning of August, the federal government had declared that she was in contact with the four women. The Federal Foreign Office announced at the time, together with the Iraqi security authorities, to examine a possible return of the four women to Germany if they so desired.


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