"Unassailable" verdict: Berlin must retrieve IS supporters

              Thursday, November 07, 2019

              For months, the Federal Government has been preparing for the return of three children of a German IS supporter. The mother herself is supposed to stay in Syria at the will of the Foreign Office. The higher administrative court Berlin-Brandenburg decides now however: The woman must immediately back.
              A mother alleged to have joined the jihadist militia Islamic State (IS) in Syria must be brought back to Germany immediately together with her three children. The Higher Administrative Court (OVG) Berlin-Brandenburg confirmed a corresponding decision of the Administrative Court of Berlin. The OVG rejected the complaint of the Federal Republic against the interim order to bring three children together with their mother from the Syrian refugee camp Al-Hol to Germany. The woman was in court in 2014 with two children in an IS-controlled area in Traveled to Syria. The third child was born there. The recovery of the two, seven and eight-year-old children had already been initiated by the Federal Foreign Office. However, for safety reasons, she refused to return the mother because she had joined the IS. The OVG, however, decided that the children could only be returned together with their mother. These are "absolutely dependent on the protection and care of their mother". A concrete threat could be opposed to a return. However, the Federal Republic could not give any facts or clues in the specific case. The decision is, according to the OVG, incontestable.

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