Amsterdam – A Dutch woman who surrendered herself to the Kurdish Peshmergas in the vicinity of the ISIS-stronghold of Mosul in September is suspected by the Dutch judicial authorities of supporting ISIS, not because she was misled by her husband.
Laura Hansen told the Kurdish channel Kurdistan24 that she wanted to return to the Netherlands because her violent husband tricked her to go on ‘vacation’ to Syria and donate money to refugees.
“I didn’t want to come to Syria…without me knowing. He pushed me,” she told the Kurdish channel.
“I was trying all the time to flee from the hell in which I was living,” Hansen said.
However, the Dutch judicial authorities suspect that she was not kidnapped by her husband, but joined him with full conviction. The authorities suspect that it is possible ISIS wanted to send her back home to carry out attacks in the Netherlands.
As a result, the suspect who appeared for the judge in Rotterdam this Tuesday, will remain imprisoned for further investigation, the Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reported.
According to WhatsApp-conversations with her father, it was clear that the Jihadi bride had sympathised with ISIS, after her father sent her a video of ISIS beheadings trying to convince her to come back. “Those beheadings are justified,” she told her father. “Those people need to be eradicated. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”
The judicial authorities therefore suspect that ISIS sent her back to the Netherlands to carry out attacks, taking into account the fact that she initially defended ISIS, but a few days later said she wanted to go home.
This is not the first time for foreigner ISIS members to surrender to the Peshmerga. Mohammed Jamal Khweis (26), who surrendered to Peshmerga forces in March after he left his ISIS brigade in Tal Afar, could face 20 years behind bars for providing material support to ISIS, and admitted during the interviews with FBI agents in Erbil that he provided support to the terrorist group.
“The foregoing demonstrates that the defendant provided material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, and conspired to do so, by joining the terrorist organization and offering himself as personnel to work under the direction and control of the organization,” Victoria I, Martinez, a special agent of the FBI said in the criminal complaint against Khweis.