A “Swedish” ISIS bride who took her 12-year-old son and accompanied her husband to Syria saw her son forced to fight with the mujahideen in the jihad. Her husband and son both ended up being killed in the fighting. After the widow returned to Sweden, her woes were increased when she was arrested and charged with a war crime.
ISIS woman convicted of war crime
by Sofie Persson
March 7, 2022
Lina Ishaq becomes the first in Sweden to be convicted for war crimes by using a child soldier. She was convicted after taking her then-12-year-old son to Syria, where he was trained and forced to fight for the Islamic State.
In 2013 the then-49-year-old Lina Ishaq took her children with her to an ISIS-controlled area in Syria. There her 12-year-old son was quickly recruited as a child soldier and continued to be so until his death three years later, when he was only 16 years old.
Thus, last week Ishaq was sentenced at the Stockholm District Court to six years in prison for a serious violation of international law and a serious war crime.
The District Court finds that she should have been aware that the children could be used as child soldiers when they traveled to the ISIS-controlled area, in part because there was a civil war ongoing, and in part because it was judged that both she and her husband were members of the terror sect, and therefore should have been aware of the risks.
Ishaq claims, however, that it was her husband, the well-known Islamic preacher, Jiro Mehho, who tricked her and the children, and that she had no idea that the children could be exploited. The husband fell in battle in 2013. She also states that as a woman, she had no power. The District Court does not agree, but rather maintains that she, as a parent, has the responsibility to protect her child.
“We have reasoned that if you intentionally go into a war zone as she did with her child, then you have relinquished the possibility to protect and save your children,” says Jakob Hedenmo, according to TT [News].
The war crimes prosecution for using child soldiers is the first of its kind in Sweden.