Terror defendant released pending trial

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A Norwegian-Pakistani woman who’d followed her radical boyfriend to join the brutal terrorist group IS in Syria has been released from prison in Oslo, pending her own trial on terror charges. She denies she actively supported the terrorist group, claiming she merely kept house and raised the children she eventually had.

Her Islamic Norwegian partner was ultimately killed in Syria, after which she married an Egyptian IS sharia judge. She also was married to a third IS warrior after her second husband died, only to end up in the Al Hol prison camp with other IS women after being widowed once again.

Norway’s Conservatives-led government finally agreed to let her return to Norway, where her children were taken away from her upon arrival and she was kept in custody at a women’s prison in Oslo. Her trial on terror charges is due to begin in March but she was controversially released in advance of her trial on the grounds she won’t be able to tamper with evidence.

Her defense attorney, Nils Christian Nordhus, denies she has stopped wearing the black clothing that fully covers devout Muslim women as a PR stunt before her trial. He claims she now distances herself entirely from IS and denies charges that she played an active role in the terror organization IS. She faces six years in prison if convicted.

newsinenglish.no staff