Sweden Struggling to Prosecute Returning Jihadis Due to Burden of Proof


There are currently about 40 ongoing preliminary investigations against Daesh* returnees over war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. So far, almost none of the Swedish jihadists has faced trial.

A woman who travelled to Syria and joined Daesh has returned to Sweden. While the woman was arrested upon arrival at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport on suspicion of unlawful separation of children, her future remains unclear, the newspaper Sydsvenskan reported.

The woman later ended up in a Syrian city under Daesh rule and instead of holiday pictures appeared in photographs holding a Kalashnikov that she called her “best friend”. How she returned to Sweden is also unclear.

According to Sweden’s leading terrorism researcher Magnus Ranstorp of the National Defence College, there are about 40 ongoing preliminary investigations against various Daesh returnees over war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.

Terror-related crimes committed by Daesh returnees are notoriously hard to prove, Ranstorp, said, stressing that this also applies to the woman.

At the same time, he admitted that she may be highly dangerous.

“Everyone who has had contact with Daesh can be classified as dangerous, but exactly how dangerous she is cannot be said without knowing her psychological state or beliefs or what exactly what she has done down there”, Ranstorp underscored.

The unlawful separation which she is suspected of may yield her…

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  1. The fact that Sweden’s government allow them to migrate to Sweden in the first place was an absolute betrayal of the people. From here on out there will be consequences!


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