Two sisters sentenced for sending money to family in Syria

A French court convicted Anissa, a 31-year-old French citizen, and Assia, her 36-year-old Algerian sister, of financing terrorism. 

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Why this story matters:

The two sisters are from Roubaix, in the north of France. They are the last of a family whose members joined the Islamic State terror group in Syria. After their brother departed for Syria, their parents and six sisters, along with their partners and children, all left as well. 

Anissa and Assia were sentenced Friday, January 18, for sending 15,000 euros to their family. They had withdrawn 30,000 euros from their sisters' accounts, which held their state Family Allowance Funds. 

The state public prosecutor said the two sisters sent this money knowing that members of their family were taking part in terrorist activities.

However, the sisters denied the accusation that they "shared the Islamic State ideology". Anissa was also charged with hiding her brother’s weapons and helping another young girl who wanted to go to Syria. After the verdict, the two sisters are no longer allowed to contact members of their family in Syria. 

In 2017, 295 French women went to Iraq and Syria with their children to join the Jihad. According to Geraldine Casutt, an expert in female Jihadism, "They are as dangerous as men, because they share the same ideology". 

Details from the story:

  • Anissa, a 31 year old French woman, and Assia, her 36 year old Algerian sister, were sentenced to 4 and 5 years in prison, respectively.
  • They were sentenced on January 18, for sending 15,000 euros to their family.
  • Both women deny believing in the Islamic State’s ideology. 

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