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Germany arrests citizen accused of Daesh membership upon return home

A Daesh sign at the entrance of the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border, seen on November 3, 2017 [AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images]
A Daesh sign at the entrance of the city of Al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border, seen on November 3, 2017 [AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images]

A federal judge on Saturday ordered that a German citizen arrested on her return to the country on suspicion of being a member of Daesh should remain in custody, prosecutors said.

Authorities said the suspect, identified only as Nasim A., had left Germany for Syria in 2014, married a fighter and moved with him to Iraq. There she was paid to maintain a Daesh-controlled house and carried a weapon.

She and her husband later moved to Syria, where she also maintained a house, prosecutors said. She was arrested in early 2019 by Kurdish security forces.

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The woman was arrested on Friday evening in Frankfurt upon her return to Germany.

The judge determined on Saturday that she remain in detention because of “suspicion of being a member of a terrorist organisation in a foreign country”, prosecutors said.

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