Kosovar woman repatriated from Syria charged with terrorism

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Wednesday filed terrorism charges against an ethnic Albanian woman on allegations she joined the Islamic State extremist group in Syria.

The woman, identified only as V. I. in line with privacy laws, left with her husband for Sweden in November 2014 where they established ties with the Islamic State, prosecutors said in a statement.

From there, they’re alleged to have flown to Turkey, then crossed by land into Syria.

V.I. worked in different cities helping her husband and other IS fighters with logistics, earning $150 (132 euro) per month, prosecutors said.

She was apprehended by Kurdish forces in 2018 and turned over to Kosovo as part of a group of 110 citizens repatriated in April, 2019 with the assistance of the American army, according to prosecutors. Many already face terrorism charges.

The suspect faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors did not divulge details on her husband.

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