Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
A German court has ruled that Germany must return a former IS bride and her three kids from a camp in Syria immediately.
The Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg, in the German capital rejected the German governments objections to the plans and ruled they must take prompt action to return the family to Germany.
The German woman from the Lower Saxony region travelled to Syria with her husband and two children in 2014, a further child was born whilst in Syria.
Security concerns were raised by the German government as a reason not to return the woman, as she had joined the Islamic State.
But now the court has ruled that the mother together with her children aged two, seven and eight must be returned to Germany as the children are traumatised and the children need their mother. The court ruled the family had to be kept together.
The court ruled that they had no concrete evidence to suggest the mother was a danger and the German Republic was unable to name any concrete reasons.
The mother’s lawyer Dirk Schoenian said: “The ruling has a fundamental significance. The court ruled that the mother and her children have to be returned with immediate effect.
The German government had already agreed to return children of IS members in Syria to Germany but expressed doubts about their mothers, but the court now rules families can not be split which means the whole family has to be returned.
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