Bosnia on Monday mentioned it will take back the nation’s citizens who have been captured whereas combating for the Islamic State group and who will face authorized proceedings upon return to the Balkan nation.
About 260 Bosnian citizens stay in the camps in Syria, together with roughly 100 males and 160 girls and kids, mentioned Safety Minister Dragan Mektic.
Mektic insisted that solely confirmed Bosnian citizens will be taken in. He mentioned DNA assessments will be used as a part of the process.
“We will accept only those for which we can undoubtedly confirm that they are citizens of Bosnia Hercegovina,” he mentioned. “We are obliged to do that by international conventions.”
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Bosnia has launched jail phrases of as much as 10 years for its citizens who combat in battle overseas or recruit others. Mektic mentioned girls who cooked or cleaned for the Islamic State could be handled as “active members” similar to the lads who took half in the combating.
9 former fighters and a 3-year-old little one whose whole household was killed had been due back in Bosnia final month, however their return was delayed by the renewed combating in Syria, Mektic mentioned.
Turkey on Monday deported a Danish and U.S. citizen and introduced plans to expel quite a few different international nationals as the federal government started a brand new push to ship back captured international fighters to their house nations.
Officers in Bosnia final week expressed outrage after French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview described the nation as a “ticking time bomb” due to “returning jihadists.”
In 2014, Bosnia grew to become the primary nation in Europe to introduce jail phrases for its citizens who fought overseas. Fighters who have since returned to the nation had been tried and, in most circumstances, sentenced to jail.
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