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Prison without bail for mother of jihad twins

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Prison without bail for mother of jihad twins
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15:16 CEST+02:00
A mother who was planning to send her 16-year-old twin sons to Syria to join a jihadist group has been sent to prison without bail, while the boys' father has walked free.

A judge at Spain’s High Court, has sent the mother to prison without bail on charges of collaborating with a terrorist organization.

He believed it was she who was behind the plan to send her twin sons to Syria, having obtained the necessary paperwork for their journey. 

The woman and her husband, both from Morocco, were arrested in Badalona on Tuesday March 31st along with their two sons, who, according to Spain’s Interior Ministry, were just about to board a plane to Syria. 

The teens had been in contact with jihadist recruitment networks for help in organizing their trip, which was to take them into Syria through Turkey, according to the authorities.

The ministry said the brothers had been under surveillance since a third brother had traveled to Syria, where he is believed to have "joined jihadists groups linked to Daesh (an acronym for the Islamic State group)."

That brother died in 2014.

Their father, arrested on the same charges, has been released but must appear on a weekly basis before the judge. His passport has also been confiscated and he is not allowed to leave Spain.

The couple’s twin sons will appear before a young offender’s judge on Wednesday, who will decide whether to send them to a young offender’s institution. 

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