It is not unimaginable that more ISIS Dutch women and children will be brought back from Syrian detention camps soon.The cabinet did this for the first time yesterday to prevent criminal proceedings against a female Syrian immigrant Will expire.
Bibi van Ginkel of the think tank The GloCal Connection said: “It is becoming increasingly difficult for the cabinet to insist that withdrawal from Syria is indeed impossible because it is too insecure.” Terrorism and international law experts believe that there may be more Islamic State women. follow. “The judge will also say in other lawsuits against women from the Islamic State of the Netherlands: This is a similar situation.”
“The Netherlands must pick them up”
In at least ten such criminal cases, the suspect invoked the same procedure that led to the collection of Ilham B. and his family yesterday. André Seebregts and his law firm represented 10 Dutch women with at least 25 children in Syrian refugee camps.
“If our procedures are correct, those criminal cases will expire. Then the suspects can go wherever they want, and the Netherlands doesn’t want that. Therefore, in order to prevent this, the Netherlands must pick them up,” Seebregts said. According to the lawyer, now that the Cabinet has confiscated the terrorist suspect B. and his family, it is more likely that this will happen.Nowadays The family arrived in the Netherlands.
The procedure discussed here is actually an appeal against the constitutional right of the suspect to appear in court. B. from Gouda did the same. Since 2016, the lawsuit against her has been pending. If the country does not take specific measures to bring her back, her prosecution will end. Rotterdam court ruling In February.
If the Netherlands does not work hard to retrieve her, the judge believes that it is unreasonable to continue the prosecution. If the criminal proceedings are terminated, terrorist suspect B will never be tried again for her actions. “I think the prosecutor’s office is really concerned about this issue,” Van Kinkel said. Because this may also happen in lawsuits against dozens of other Islamic State women, as lawyer Seebregts has already pointed out.
Cabinet: a rare opportunity
The outgoing cabinet has been opposed to accepting Syrian women and their children. Main argument: This is too unsafe for Dutch officials. But now “there is a special opportunity to transfer the suspect and her two children to the Netherlands,” explained Attorney General Grapphaus. In a letter to parliamentThe government will not provide more details.
Yesterday, the Dutch envoy to Syria briefly explained the operation:
For many years, discussions about returning Syrians and their children to their homeland have been a hot topic in the Netherlands. More conservative parties such as VVD and PVV are firmly opposed. Due to radicalization, these families will lose the right to return and pose a danger to society.
The Yazidi community in the Netherlands also openly opposed the arrival of ISIS women. “IS women are worse than fighters”, One victim said to NOSShe hopes that IS supporters in Syria and Iraq will be tried and never released.
More progressive parties such as D66 and GroenLinks believe that it is safer to conduct trials in the Netherlands. Among other things, they mentioned a memo leaked by the National Security and Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. It stated that it is best to supervise IS children in the Netherlands, otherwise they are very likely to radicalize and return.
For many years, human rights organizations have insisted that children have done nothing wrong and have the right to come to the Netherlands.And child ombudsman Have been calling for years Let the children come back from the former Islamic State Caliphate.
There are currently about 75 children in Syrian prisoner-of-war camps whose parents are one or two Dutch. AIVD writes that 45 more adults have also been imprisoned, but it is unclear how many women are. According to human rights organizations, living conditions in refugee camps are shocking.