Prosecuting the so-called IS wives has proven to be difficult in GermanyImage: picture-alliance/dpa/Ihe
German IS wife 'let child die of thirst'
December 28, 2018
German prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old woman with taking a 5-year-old girl as a slave in Syria and then letting the child die of thirst. The German had traveled to the Middle East to join the "Islamic State."
Months after the child's death, Jennifer W. traveled to Ankara to apply for new identity papers at the German embassy. However, she was arrested by Turkish security services upon leaving the building, and extradited to her home country.
She was initially allowed to return to her home in northwest Germany. However, her "declared goal" has been to travel back to IS-controlled territory, prosecutors said.
German police arrested her while she was trying to make the trip in June 2018, and the case is currently in pre-trial phase.
She became the first German woman to be prosecuted for IS membership, and could face a life sentence if convicted.
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