Norwegian court sentences woman to three and a half years in prison for joining Islamic State in 2013

OSLO — A Norwegian court sentenced a woman affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) who had been detained in Al-Hol Refugee Camp to three and a half years in prison.

According to Norwegian media outlets, the court stated that the Norwegian citizen of Pakistani heritage supported ISIS terrorists and sought to raise what the court called “the new generation of ISIS recruits”.

The women’s defense lawyer rejected the court’s decision and indicated they will be filing an appeal. The lawyer noted that their client quickly wanted to leave Syria after being subjected to domestic violence.

“She was also a victim of human trafficking because she was detained against her will,” the defense lawyer stated.

In early 2013, the woman left Norway for Syria to live under the Islamic State. After the territorial defeat of ISIS in March 2019, the woman was detained in Al-Hol Camp, east of Hasakah in North and East Syria. She was repatriated to Norway with her two children according to an agreement between the Norwegian authorities and the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria for humanitarian reasons.

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