A 19-year-old girl from Maastricht who spent nine months in Syria as a jihadi bride will not face any charges, her lawyer has told RTL news.
The girl, a Muslim convert who adopted the name Aïcha, had been held on suspicion of being a member of a terrorist organisation on her return but was released from custody in November.
‘The public prosecution department has concurred with what I said from the beginning,’ Francoise Landerloo told the broadcaster.
‘There is no evidence that my client has done anything illegal. She went to Syria to help people and refugees. She is delighted that she will not face charges and is now focusing on her private life.’
A spokesman for the public prosecution department said: ‘Research shows she did not take part in any armed struggle.’
Aïcha hit the headlines in mid-November when her mother said she had travelled to Syria to rescue her daughter.
However, the Dutch public prosecutor later said that the mother had not been in Syria and had probably waited for her daughter on the Turkish-Syrian border. The girl went to Syria when she was 18 to marry high profile Dutch jihadi Omar Yilmaz.
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