Swedish Court Jails Mother For Letting Son To Join Syria War

A court in Sweden on Friday sentenced a mother to six years behind bars for allowing her son to join the Islamic State (IS) group to fight alongside them in Syria.

Stockholm district court in a statement said that the 49-year-old was convicted of aggravated war crimes, violations of international law and for “not stopping her son, then aged 12 to 15, from being recruited and used as a child soldier for IS in the armed conflict in Syria.”

“She has not taken adequate steps to stop this, nor has she wanted to stop it, but his role as a child soldier had been in accordance with her convictions,” the court said.

The court also said that from August 2013 and to May of 2016 the boy allegedly took part in hostilities performed by armed groups, including the “terrorist organization IS”.

The boy lost his life in 2017, and the cause of his death is not provided yet, according to the statement.

Sapo intelligence service had earlier reported that around 300 Swedes or Swedish residents, a quarter of whom are women, joined IS in Syria and Iraq, mostly in 2013 and 2014.

According to the United Nations, recruiting and using children under the age of 15 as soldiers is banned under international humanitarian law and recognized as a war crime by the International Criminal Court.

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