Swiss indict woman for attempting to join ISIS in Syria

A Swiss policeman is seen standing guard behind a police cordon in the old quarter of Schaffhausen, northern Switzerland on July 24, 2017. (File photo: AFP)

Swiss federal prosecutors have indicted a 30-year-old Swiss woman from the Zurich area suspected of trying to join up with extremist militants in Syria, they said on Thursday.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said it had proof that the woman in December 2015 travelled illegally with her four-year-old child from Egypt to Greece, intending to go to Syria via Turkey to join the ISIS. Greek authorities prevented the woman from traveling onward, and she was arrested at Zurich airport in January 2016.

“The present indictment must be considered within the overall context of the OAG’s strict policy...of prosecuting all jihadi travellers,” the OAG said in a statement.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55