Denmark Pledges to Take Back, Punish Daesh Women From Prison Camps in Syria

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In the words of Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup, “they will be remanded in custody as soon as they set foot on Danish soil” in a marked reversal of Denmark’s previous stance.

After massive political pressure from its support parties, the Danish Social Democrat government has reversed itself on so-called Daesh* mothers and their children who are currently in prison camps in Syria.

Now the government wants to evacuate 19 children with links to Denmark and three Danish women, who combined are mothers to 14 of the children, Danish Radio reported.

According to the government, the women will be instantly punished for their deeds.

Social Affairs Minister Astrid Krag voiced her support.

Danish authorities previously flatly refused to repatriate the women and even brushed aside UN criticism. Explaining the reversal, Hækkerup said: “What we have said is that we want to help the children. We cannot do this without the mothers, the task force concluded”. He maintained that that Danish Security and Intelligence Service had recommended what is best for Denmark’s security.

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service PET reportedly has good information about the three women and their families. These women are said to likely still subscribe to the militant Islamist ideology of Daesh*. However, PET has no information as to whether they have received weapons training or participated in combat operations during their stay in the conflict zone.

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