Friday 14 May 2021

Sittard girl, arrested on terrorism charges, is released from jail

court justice hammerA 15-year-old girl from Sittard, held in a youth detention centre on suspicion of being a member of a terrorist gang, has been released into the care of social services.

A court in Rotterdam said on Thursday the girl should no longer be held in secure accommodation. Her lawyer, Björn Brinkman, told news agency ANP the girl will receive ‘help and guidance’.

The public prosecution department said the girl is not suspected of involvement in a ‘specific attack’ but would not say if she had plans to go to Syria or Iraq. Nor would they say if other people had been arrested in connection with the case, ANP reports.

The Telegraaf said on Wednesday, quoting ‘well-informed sources’, that the girl is of Somali origin and had lived in Sittard for some time with her mother and brother.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.