Minister says IS women deportation is ‘very disappointing’

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Justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus has told reporters it is extremely disappointing that Turkey has sent two ISIS women back to the Netherlands. The two women were picked up at Schiphol airport on Tuesday after being deported by Ankara. Grapperhaus said he had tried to persuade Turkey not to send the women back, but to no avail. One of the women, who has two children aged three and four, has been stripped of her Dutch nationality and faces deportation to Morocco. Both women remain in custody and face prosecution. Sources told the broadcaster the women are 25-year-old Xaviera S from Apeldoorn and 23-year-old Fatimah H from Tilburg, but this has not been confirmed.  H reported to the Dutch embassy in Ankara at the end of October while S was arrested in Turkey in January 2018 and released from jail in July. Both women now face trials for being members of a terrorist organisation and H will be sent back to Morocco after serving her time in jail, NOS said. Her children have been handed over to child social services. ‘Now Turkey has sent these IS members back, we have to do all we can to make sure they are prosecuted for their terrible crimes,’ D66 parliamentarian Sjoerd Sjoerdsma said. ‘This makes it even more imperative that justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus makes sure the International Crime Squad capacity is up to scratch and that the evidence is in order.’ VVD MP Dilan Yesilgoz said the return of the two women again shows how important it is that there are tribunals in the region. Court Earlier this month, judges in The Hague said the Dutch government must ‘make all possible efforts’ to repatriate some 56 Dutch children in refugee camps in Northern Syria, but is not required to bring back their mothers. The Netherlands says it is not safe to enter the area and so far will only help if Dutch nationals report to a Dutch diplomatic mission. The Netherlands also wants Syria to set up a tribunal to deal with jihadis on the ground, but Syria is opposed to the idea.


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