July 17 (EUROPA PRESS) –
A German court has sentenced this Monday to two years of probation a woman who traveled to Syria with her two children to join the ranks of the Islamic State, also found guilty of neglecting her offspring, whom she “exposed to the dangers associated with war” and who witnessed the death of their father in a bombing raid in May 2017.
The Frankfurt Regional High Court has indicated that the woman, identified as Laura H., 33, traveled to Syria in the spring of 2016 with her children — born in 2012 and 2013 — to join the Islamic State. There she met Ahmed D-, who had traveled to the Asian country in autumn 2014 to join the ranks of the jihadist group.
He also attended a religious course given by the group and information events, while selling cakes and desserts in a supermarket to raise funds. Once Ahmed D. died in an attack in 2017 and after the birth of another of her daughters, the defendant married another man who was also a member of the Islamic State.
Previously, the woman would have participated in the necessary actions for the transfer of more than 27,000 euros from Germany to Syria in March 2017 together with Ahmed D. himself and other people, with the aim of financing group activities, according to a statement published by the court through its website.
The woman was captured by Kurdish groups at the end of 2018 and transferred to the Al Hol displacement camp, located in the northeast of the country, under the control of the Kurdish authorities. Finally, she was transferred to Germany in November 2019 along with her children as part of a repatriation campaign, although she is not currently in custody.