Prosecutors are seeking a four-year prison term for a young Norwegian woman who traveled to Syria in 2013 after marrying a Norwegian foreign fighter for the terrorist group ISIL. Her defense attorney claims she should be acquitted, portraying her instead as a victim of human trafficking.
Her trial ended just before the Easter holiday week, 14 months after she and her children had been controversially brought back to Norway at taxpayer expense. That was because one of the children she had with two different ISIL husbands was said to require urgent medical care. Her repatriation split the government at the time, and led to the Progress Party’s withdrawal in January 2020.
The woman has since claimed she realized she’d made a mistake when she traveled from Norway to join her first ISIL husband, Bastian Vasquez, who was killed while making bombs in 2015. She later was married to two other ISIL men before winding up in the Al Hol refugee camp with thousands of other ISIL women.
She has claimed she was assaulted and abused during her years in Syria, and not allowed to leave the ISIL fold. Prosecutors claim that her voluntary move to Syria in the first place “was her way of carrying out jihad.” The Oslo County Court’s verdict is expected in early May.