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Berlin Court Rules in Favour of Repatriating 'Isis Fighter's Wife' from Syria

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7Dnews London

Fri, 12 Jul 2019 02:41 GMT

A German court ruled that Berlin should help the return of the German wife of a suspected Isis fighter along with her three children from Syria, a ruling which the German foreign ministry said it was studying and may appeal at a higher court.

This comes after the family of the alleged fighter sued the German foreign ministry for rejecting to repatriate the wife and her children, a court spokesman said on Thursday, July 11th.

The spokesman said that the man along with his wife and two children, who later increased to three, left Germany for Syria, adding that the man's fate is unknown.

Germany's government had only accepted the return of the children. However, the Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria has defended the right of their mother to return to Germany.

Germany earlier affirmed the right of its citizens suspected of joining Isis to return to the country in principle, adding that it would take back suspects who have consular access. However, the government in April approved a draft bill to strip its dual nationality citizens of their German citizenship in the event of their fighting abroad for groups like Isis.

Over 1,000 Germans left their country to fight in both Syria and Iraq, intelligence officials said, adding that nearly a third have returned to Germany, while another third are believed to have died.


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