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Swedish teen remains in custody in Austria

Published måndag 28 december 2015 kl 18.24
Islamic State militants pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria. File Photo. AP-
Islamic State militants pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria. File Photo: AP

A court in Vienna has decided to keep the 17-year-old Swedish girl who is suspected of attempting to join the IS in Syria in custody.

The girl from Linköping was arrested earlier this December in Vienna after her parents had told police that they believed their daughter was on her way to Syria to join the terror organisation IS.

At first, the Austrian prosecutor told Swedish media that there would not be an investigation in Austria, as the suspected crime had not been committed there, but once it emerged that the girl would not be tried for a crime in Sweden, as it is not illegal to attempt to join the IS here, the Austrian prosecutors decided to carry on with their investigation and keep the girl in custody. The 17-year-old will remain in custody for another month.

The girl denies having had any contact with the terrorist organisation and has said that she was not on her way to Syria when she was arrested.

Meanwhile, Swedish authorities are investigating if the girl was in fact a victim of human trafficking.

"Recruiting someone to take up arms in another country could be considered as human trafficking," chief prosecutor Krister Petersson tells news agency TT.

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