Three women and eight children, two of whom are orphans, have arrived in Sweden after being deported by the autonomous authorities in northeastern Syria.
All three women who landed on Swedish soil on Thursday will be suspected of war crimes, the police investigation group for war crimes told SVT.
The women were met by the police at Arlanda Airport. The social service authorities have taken over the care of the children, Foreign Minister Ann Linde stated.
“As recommended by the Security Police (Säpo), personnel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, security personnel, and representatives of social service authorities have ensured that the deportation has taken place in as controlled a manner as possible,” Linde said.
Supported a terrorist sect
“The women who voluntarily traveled to Syria to support a terrorist sect will have to be held accountable for their actions. I am relieved that the children have finally been allowed to come home,” Linde added.
Minister of the Interior Mikael Damberg noted that several investigations are underway against the Swedes who have previously been transported to the country.
“Sweden has not chosen to bring home women and children from the camp, but instead waited for the legal process from the Kurdish authorities,” Damberg said.
“Our starting point is that if you participate in terrorist activities down there, it is best if the accountability takes place in the region,” he explained.
But the Kurdish authorities have, according to Damberg, concluded that they have no evidence to proceed with a criminal prosecution of the Swedish women, who were thus deported.
“Then we believe that we have a duty to receive deported citizens, not least in an orderly manner so that the children will be well,” Damberg stated.
According to the newspaper Expressen, the three women and the eight children left the Roj camp in northeastern Syria on Wednesday morning local time.
In early September, the first three Swedish women and children deported by the Kurdish authorities landed in the country. Two of them were initially arrested and charged with war crimes in Syria. They have since been released. According to the prosecution, they are still suspected of crimes.
“The investigation is ongoing, and we are taking the steps that we believe are best to move forward,” prosecutor Karolina Wieslander said.
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