August 24, 2017 / 8:38 AM / 4 months ago

Swiss indict woman for 'jihadi traveling'

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss federal prosecutors have indicted a 30-year-old Swiss woman from the Zurich area suspected of trying to join up with jihadist militants in Syria, they said on Thursday.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said it had proof that the woman in December 2015 traveled illegally with her four-year-old child from Egypt to Greece, intending to go to Syria via Turkey to join the Islamic State. Greek authorities prevented the woman from traveling onward, and she was arrested at Zurich airport in January 2016.

“The present indictment must be considered within the overall context of the OAG’s strict policy...of prosecuting all jihadi travelers,” the OAG said in a statement.

Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Michael Shields

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