Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) – Because of the alleged membership in the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS), a woman from the Steinfurt district has to answer. The public prosecutor’s office in Düsseldorf also accused the 30-year-old of violating the duty of care and education at the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, as the authority announced on Thursday. The Higher Regional Court still has to decide whether to admit the charges.

According to investigations by the Central Office for the Prosecution of Terrorism in North Rhine-Westphalia (ZenTer NRW), the woman left Turkey with her underage son in May 2014 for Syria to support her husband who works for the Islamic State (IS). She is said to have known about his combat missions. She is also said to have organized the smuggling of other IS members and tried to persuade other people in Germany to leave for Syria. According to the indictment, she is also said to have tried to raise funds for IS. In autumn 2015, the woman in Syria needed to give birth to her second child, although both children were constantly in mortal danger.

The woman with a German and Turkish passport has been in custody since October 2022. In 2019 she was picked up by Kurdish soldiers and was under their control until she was brought back to Germany. The penal code provides for one to ten years in prison for membership in a terrorist organization.