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Dutch woman convicted of terrorism for joining IS
22-year-old convert to Islam receives 2-year prison sentence for traveling to Syria to join terror group with her partner, children
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court sentenced a young woman to two years in prison Monday for traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State terror group in one of the first such cases in the Netherlands.
“The court considers it proven that she planned to prepare and promote terrorist activities,” the Rotterdam District Court said.
“Therefore she is sentenced to two years in jail of which 13 months are suspended for three years,” the court said in a statement.
Because the woman, Laura Hansen, already spent another year in detention, she will effectively not go back to jail, the judges added.
She was also acquitted of belonging to the IS terror group, the Dutch news agency ANP said.
The 22-year-old convert to Islam was arrested when she flew back to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in July 2016 after apparently fleeing the jihadists.
Hansen, her partner and two young children left The Netherlands in September 2015 to join the IS group where her husband wanted to join jihadist fighters.
“Judging from her statements, the accused knew even before her departure that her husband harbored sympathy for IS and that he wanted to travel to Syria,” the judges said.