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Report: Children returning to Finland from ISIS | Yle Uutiset




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Sanna, a woman who claims to be a Finn, told AFP news agency that she hopes to return to Finland with her children.

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Children with Finnish roots are returning from Syria, Jonna Vanhanen a senior social worker with the city of Helsinki, told local media conglomerate Lännen Media (LM).

Vanhanen said that while the number of ISIS refugees is low now, more children could emerge while the caliphate crumbles. More than 80 people, including 30 children, traveled from Finland to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq, according to the Finnish Security Police (SUPO).

Officer of the Ministry of the Interior Tarja Mankkinen told LM that the municipalities had to organize the rehabilitation of returnees, in particular for children exposed to extraordinary violence.

No free passes

Last week, the Finnish government requested the establishment of an international court in the Middle East to prove those who fought with the ISIS terrorist group. All the Nordic countries support such a move.

Matti Tolvanen, professor of criminal law at the University of Eastern Finland, told Yle that he considered it highly unlikely that Finland would be able to convict former ISIS combatants on charges of terrorism due to the difficulty of conducting preliminary investigations in conflict zones

The Finnish Interior Minister, Kai Mykkänen stated that while Finland will not prevent the return of citizens who have left the country to fight with ISIS, it will not extend the people who left.

This month, CNN and other news agencies reported a woman in a camp in eastern Syria who claimed to be a Finnish woman named Sanna. She said she went to the Isis territory with her husband and that she has several children and wants to return to Finland.

Mykkänen said that Finland does not intend to help Sanna or his children return to Finland.

"We have no intention of organizing any return journey for those who took part in fighting for Isis," said Mykkänen.


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