A Dutch woman wanted on terrorism charges in the Netherlands cannot be brought back from Syria, even though she is in a refugee camp under the supervision of the Kurdish authorities, justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus has told MPs.
The situation in the area where the woman is being held is too dangerous for officials to go, the minister said in a briefing.
Judges in Rotterdam ruled recently that the woman should be brought back to the Netherlands to stand trial. She has a small baby and is pregnant and wants to return home, news agency ANP said.
Grapperhaus told NOS reporters later that talks had been held with officials on the ground to see if her return could be organised but without result. ‘We are not going to a dangerous area.’ the minister said.
Dutch nationals who have gone to Syria can only return to the Netherlands if they find their own way to a consulate in the region, Grapperhaus said.
The woman, who is 23, went to Syria in 2013 when she was 19 and married another jihadi from Antwerp.
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