Sweden Arrests Two Women Linked to ISIS | Voice of America


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Swedish police on Monday announced they had arrested two women linked to ISIS after returning from Syria, as media reported one was under investigation for crimes of war.

Stockholm police spokesman Ola Osterling said the prosecutor investigating the two women ordered their arrest.

“We implemented this decision when the plane arrived in Stockholm in the afternoon,” Osterling told AFP. A third woman was arrested for questioning, he added.

A statement released Monday by the prosecution said several investigations were underway against men and women returning from areas controlled by the Islamic State.

“The international crimes that concern people returning from areas controlled by ISIS are war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity,” Prosecutor Reena Devgun said in the statement.

“Sweden has an international commitment to investigate and prosecute these crimes,” she added.

The prosecution added that it could not comment on individual cases or the number of ongoing investigations.

But public broadcaster SVT reported that at least one of the women arrested was under investigation for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity.

SVT also reported that the women who returned on Monday had stayed in camps in northern Syria but were expelled after Kurdish authorities decided they did not have enough evidence to prosecute them.

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