ISIS Women Suspected of Committing War Crimes Released from Prison in Sweden
'The suspicions remain and the investigation continues unabated'
Three Islamic State women have been flown back to Sweden from Syria and arrested for war crimes, but later released, according to reports.
The ISIS women were taken into custody last week upon arrival at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport.
Their children were taken to Sweden’s social services.
But days later, all three women were released from custody despite being suspected of war crimes.
Two of the women were released hours later, and the third was also released.
Prosecutor Peter Larsson of the National Unit against International and Organised Crime stated in a press release that the final woman was allowed to go free because he believed she was unable to obstruct the investigation.
“The suspicions remain and the investigation continues unabated,” the prosecutor claimed.
Larsson weighed in on the case on Monday:
"As you can imagine, this is extremely difficult to investigate.”
The lawyer for one of the women, Björn Hurtig, his client pleaded not guilty to charges against her.
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The women are the latest Islamic State members to return to Sweden this year.
Earlier this year, two other Islamic State women suspected of war crimes were brought back to Sweden and released.
Interior Minister Mikael Damberg said at the time there were ongoing investigations into the activities of returning ISIS members.
“If there are reasons to suspect a crime, a preliminary investigation will be opened," he said.
"It is important to say that although the Kurdish authorities have not found enough evidence to initiate legal proceedings against them, there is no statute of limitations for many of these serious crimes for which they can be suspected,” he said.
Both Demark and Germany also saw ISIS women transferred from camps in Syria, with Denmark arresting the women on their return while Germany arrested several others