Swedish authorities arrest two women from Sweden suspected of committing war crimes in Syria

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The Arab News reported according to the prosecutors office and local media said on Tuesday, Swedish authorities arrested two women from Sweden suspected of committing war crimes in Syria.

The Arab news said that according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office, three women from the territories once controlled by Daesh arrived on Monday at the Stockholm airport. Two were arrested while a third one, who is not considered a suspect, was released after questioning.

Prosecutors Hanna Lemoine and Karolina Wieslander, in charge of the two cases, told Swedish news agency TT that the two arrested will be questioned further before the prosecution decides whether to formally charge them.

Swedish broadcaster SVT said one of the two women is also suspected of genocide and crimes against humanity.

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According to the Arab News, TT said the Kurdish regional government in northeastern Syria — where Daesh had set up the headquarters of its self-styled caliphate before its collapse in 2017 — decided in June to deport the women, who all had been part of Daesh and are Swedish citizens.

Shiyar Ali, the Kurdish representative in the Nordic countries, told TT: “We cannot or do not have the resources to bring them to justice.”

“Just the fact that they have been part of a terrorist organization is frightening, considering what Daesh has committed.”

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Sweden’s Foreign Minister Anne Linde told TT on Monday that Sweden, unlike other countries, had not brought back on its own initiative Swedish citizens who were part of Daesh in Syria.

The Arab News noted, in March, a woman was sentenced to three years in prison in Sweden for taking her two-year-old son to Syria in 2014, to an area that was then controlled by Daesh.

The woman had allegedly told the child’s father that she and the boy were only going on a holiday to Turkey. However, once in Turkey, the two crossed into Syria and Daesh-run territory.

The woman later managed to escape to Turkey where she was arrested with her son and two other children she had given birth to in the meantime, while living with a Daesh fighter from Tunisia. She was extradited from Turkey to Sweden.

Source: arabnews